Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Wednesday, July 12, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Agricultural Development Authority, Coal Mine Board of Examiners, Fire Service Training and Certification Advisory Board, State Board of Water Well Construction and Pump Installation Contractors, and Wine Industry Development Board.

The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority makes financing available to farmers and other agricultural enterprises through the sale of bonds.

Sokol appointed to District Court in Fourth Judicial District

DENVER — Wednesday, July 12, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Erin Lynn Sokol’s appointment to the District Court in the 4th Judicial District.

Sokol will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Gilbert A. Martinez.

Sokol is currently a senior attorney at Hogan Lovells US, LLP in Colorado Springs, a position she has held since August 2014. Previously, she was a partner at Sokol & Brewer in Colorado Springs (2007-2014); an associate at Mulliken Weiner Karsh Berg & Jolivet, P.C. in Colorado Springs (2004-2007); an associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP in Colorado Springs (2000-2004); and an associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. (1999-2000). Sokol earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1996 and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999.

Colorado’s Insurance Commissioner named new executive director for state’s Department of Regulatory Agencies

DENVER — Wednesday, July 12, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Marguerite Salazar as the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Salazar is currently Colorado’s Insurance Commissioner. She replaces Joe Neguse who last month announced his resignation. Salazar begins her role as DORA’s executive director on July 24, 2017.

Salazar has served as Colorado’s Insurance Commissioner since Aug. 19, 2013. In this role, she oversees the regulation of the insurance industry in Colorado as head of the Division of Insurance, one of the nine divisions within DORA.

Governor names new executive director for Colorado Department of Revenue

DENVER — Tuesday, July 11, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Michael S. Hartman will be the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. He replaces Barbara Brohl who announced her departure effective Aug. 31, 2017.

“Michael places high priority on those operations that serve the public,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “He brings extensive banking experience and organizational management to the role. Perhaps more importantly, this opportunity is a bit of a coming home as he served in Colorado’s inaugural Governor's Fellowship Class.”

Colorado commits to state climate action

DENVER — Tuesday, July 11, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an executive order committing the state to climate action. He also announced that Colorado will join the U.S. Climate Alliance.

“Coloradans value clean air and clean water. Our strong economy is a reflection of how our exhilarating outdoors attracts young entrepreneurs and the talent they need for their businesses,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “The vast majority of our residents, and indeed the country, expect us to help lead the way toward a clean and affordable energy future. In this process, we no doubt can address climate change while keeping a priority on household budgets.”

Gov. Hickenlooper: Senate health care bill puts progress on Colorado’s “State of Health” at risk

DENVER — Monday, July 10, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced that significant progress has been made on The State of Health, the Governor’s plan to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. The release of the The State of Health Scorecard highlights the risk to this progress should the Senate move forward with cuts to health programs.

“More Coloradans have access to quality health care than ever before and this coverage is improving the health of people across our state,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “The Senate bill’s cuts to funding and coverage threaten our progress in all areas. We urge the Senate to work with a bipartisan group of Governors to focus on problems we all agree need fixing.”

In 2013, Governor Hickenlooper released the “The State of Health: Colorado’s Commitment to become the Healthiest State.” The plan set ambitious goals. Since launching, Colorado has completed most of the targets set by the plan, and in many cases, has gone beyond the initial goals. However, there is still more work to do, particularly regarding opioid abuse and obesity.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Thursday, July 6, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners and Peace Officers Standards and Training Board.

The State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners adopts rules and regulations, conducts examinations and grants or denies licenses.

For a term expiring August 31, 2018:
Mary Coleman of Colorado Springs, to serve as a member of the public at large, and occasioned by the resignation of Amy Blackwell of Castle Rock, appointed;

For a term expiring August 31, 2020:
Emily Schrader, MA, LPC, CACIII of Lakewood, to serve as a licensed professional counselor, and occasioned by the resignation of Carrie Crandall, MA, LPC of Colorado Springs, appointed.

Colorado joins lawsuit to maintain methane regulations

DENVER — Friday, June 30, 2017 — The State of Colorado today joined 13 other states and the District of Columbia in seeking implementation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules to reduce methane emissions and other harmful air pollutants produced from oil and gas facilities. The State asked the Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for permission to join plaintiffs and other intervenors in a recently filed lawsuit challenging the decision of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to stay the effect of these rules. Colorado is participating in this lawsuit to help assure comprehensive federal regulation of methane emissions, as authorized by the EPA in 2016.   

Colorado has a vested interest in the federal government regulating methane emissions from the oil and gas industry across all 50 states. Colorado led the way in 2014 by becoming the first state in the country to regulate methane leaks. These regulations were developed in concert with the oil and gas industry.  As a result, this type of regulation is a win-win: it improves the environment and helps reduce leakage and lost revenue in the production and transportation of oil and gas. The EPA used Colorado’s regulations as a template for the federal approach to this issue. Without these rules, Colorado’s methane levels will increase due to pollution from neighboring states, which is why federal regulation is so important.

In today’s action, Colorado urged the Court to require the EPA to implement these important regulations.

View the motion here.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Dean Moltrer to Las Animas County Board of Commissioners

DENVER — Friday, June 30, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Dean Allen Moltrer to represent District One on the Las Animas County Board of Commissioners. Moltrer will fill the vacancy on the Board created when the District Court in the 3rd Judicial District declared that former Commissioner Anthony Abeyta did not meet the residency requirements to serve. Moltrer will serve until a new county commissioner is elected for District One in the 2018 general election.  

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Thursday, June 29, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Board of Assessment Appeals, State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council and Tony Grampsas Youth Services Board.

The State Board of Assessment Appeals hears appeals filed by real and personal property owners on the valuation placed on their property.

For terms expiring July 1, 2018:

MaryKay Kelley of Silverthorne, reappointed;  
Ann Louesa Maricle of Denver, reappointed;
Sondra Winterhof Mercier of Westminster, reappointed;
Gregg Allan Near of Lakewood, reappointed;
Amy J. Williams, MAI of Hayden, a member engaged in agriculture, reappointed.
For a term expiring July 1, 2021:

Debra Ann Baumbach of Littleton, reappointed.

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