Hickenlooper Administration signs executive order to accompany veto on medical marijuana as treatment for autism spectrum disorders

DENVER — Wednesday, June 6, 2018 — Today Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne signed Executive Order 2018 B-004 instructing the State Board of Health to evaluate the safety and efficacy of medical marijuana for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders in children. Gov. Hickenlooper directed Lt. Gov. Lynne to sign the executive order as he is traveling out of state.

Gov. Hickenlooper signs executive order that redesigns the state’s Education Leadership Council

DENVER — Thursday, June 22, 2017 — Gov. Hickenlooper signed an executive order this week to redesign the state’s Education Leadership Council (ELC). The ELC was first established in 2011 to provide a forum to discuss statewide education issues.

“We’re pulling together many of the best minds in education, government and workforce to create a broad strategic vision that includes all levels of education - from preschool through college and beyond - in the state of Colorado,” said Governor John Hickenlooper.

The ELC will develop a vision, strategic plan and recommendations for consideration by the Governor and General Assembly. It will utilize existing work from the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado Department of Higher Education; will benchmark Colorado’s performance against other states and countries; will create a structure to gather feedback from a broad array of stakeholders, including parents, teachers, students, special needs populations, community leaders and education interest groups; and develop potential legislative and budgetary recommendations for consideration by the Governor and General Assembly.

The ELC will be housed under the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

“Children are our greatest resource. We owe it to them to ensure they have every chance to succeed and that means closing our education attainment gaps which will improve graduation rates and ensure we have a highly trained workforce,” said Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne.

Gov. Hickenlooper Pardons Rene Lima-Marin

DENVER — Friday, May 19, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today pardoned Rene-Lima Marin of criminal convictions.  

“The case of Rene Lima-Marin presents an extraordinary set of facts. His family has endured an emotional rollercoaster over the past months and years that is difficult to imagine. Mr. Lima-Marin committed serious crimes when he was much younger, and I believe he was justly convicted and punished for those crimes. To the extent rehabilitation is a goal of imprisonment, Mr. Lima-Marin appears to have achieved it.

The District Court judge who recently reviewed this case noted that Mr. Lima-Marin has served the functional equivalent of a 32-year sentence in the Department of Corrections. Mr. Lima-Marin was a model prisoner for 13 years. He obtained his GED and earned certifications in computer programming and braille transcription. When he was released on parole in 2008 due to a clerical error, he had an exemplary record, satisfying every condition of parole.  

Mr. Lima-Marin led a law-abiding life. He married and raised a family, bought a home, gave back to the community, spoke to teenagers and young adults about making good choices in life, and learned a trade to support his family. By all accounts, he became a productive, respected, well-liked, and valued member of his community. Six years after leaving prison, the prosecutor in the case discovered the error that led to Mr. Lima-Marin’s early release. He was re-arrested, taken away from his family and community, and returned to prison to carry out the remainder of his lengthy sentence. In 2016, he filed a petition for habeas corpus, seeking his immediate release from prison.

Gov. Hickenlooper vetoes “Transportation Enterprise Transparency Act,” signs Executive Order

DENVER — Wednesday, June 4, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today vetoed SB 14-197 “Transportation Enterprise Transparency Act” and signed an Executive Order that will improve transparency, accountability and openness relating to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) High-performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE).

Gov. Hickenlooper declares disaster emergency for Mesa County mudslide, allocates $500,000 for response

DENVER — Friday, May 30, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an Executive Order that declares a state of disaster emergency due to the West Salt Creek Landslide in Mesa County. The order allocates $500,000 from the state’s Disaster Emergency Fund to pay for the response and technical assessments.

Executive Order declares disaster due to extreme weather, eases commercial transportation rules to increase propane delivery

DENVER — Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an Executive Order that declares a disaster emergency due to extreme winter weather and authorizes a temporary exception to the hours-of-service regulations for commercial motor vehicles used in the transportation of propane.

The governor’s order says: