Colorado to join lawsuit opposing DACA repeal

DENVER — Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 — Today Colorado announced its intention to join a multi-state lawsuit led by New York, Washington, and Massachusetts challenging the President’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program protects young immigrants from deportation who arrived as children and meet certain qualifications. In joining the lawsuit, Gov. John Hickenlooper offered this statement:

“President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program is outrageous and risks the futures of more than 17,000 Coloradans. Colorado benefits when DREAMers have the opportunity to thrive in our communities and the only country they’ve ever known. These young people should not have to suffer because of our broken immigration system. While this lawsuit is no substitute for the sort of comprehensive immigration reform that can only come from Congress, it sends a necessary message that the rule of law and basic notions of fairness still matter in this country. We urge Congress to immediately pass the Dream Act, ensuring that these young people can plan for their future here in the United States. We also repeat our call for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”


Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Colorado Humanities Board of Directors, Colorado New Energy Improvement District Board, Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities and State Plumbing Board.

The Colorado Humanities Board of Directors promotes progress and scholarship in the humanities and arts in Colorado.

For terms expiring May 1, 2020:
Steven “Sam” Anderson Meyer of Grand Junction, appointed;
Susan E. Kirkpatrick of Fort Collins, reappointed;
Taffy Lee of Denver, appointed.

The Colorado New Energy Improvement District Board enables and encourages the owners of eligible real property to invest in new energy improvements, including energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. The Board also establishes, develops, finances, implements, and administers a new energy improvement program that includes both energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy improvements to assist any such owners who choose to join the district in completing new energy improvements to their property.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging, State Electrical Board, Identity Theft and Financial Fraud Board and Board of Landscape Architects.

The Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging studies and produces a comprehensive strategic action plan on aging in Colorado through the year 2030. The Planning Group examines the impact, both positive and negative, of the aging demographic shift on the economy, workforce, businesses, market-based products and services; State and local revenue budgets and fiscal policies; Medicaid and other safety-net programs and the collateral impact on other non related State programs; family caregiving and public and private options for long-term care, services and support; federal entitlement reforms; transportation services and infrastructure.

For a term expiring Aug. 1, 2019:
Coral Cosway of Denver, to serve as a representative with extensive knowledge and expertise in long-term care, services and support and who is not a provider of such services, and occasioned by the resignation of Susan Marie Franklin of Denver, appointed;

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints new district court judge in 7th Judicial District

DENVER — Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Cory Jackson to the District Court in the 7th Judicial District. He fills a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable David Westfall.

Jackson currently serves as a County Court Judge in Ouray County, a position he has held since 2015. In this capacity, Judge Jackson presides over civil cases, felony complaints, misdemeanors, traffic infractions, civil protection orders and small claims matters. Jackson also serves as a Municipal Court Judge in the City of Ouray (2015-present), the Town of Ridgeway (2015-present), and the Town of Telluride (2015-present). Before becoming a judicial officer, Jackson was a sole practitioner (2012-2014), and Corporate Counsel for Tri County Telephone Association, Inc. in Basin, WY (2006-2012). Jackson earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado College in 2002 and his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2005.

Jackson’s appointment is effective immediately.

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered Monday to observe Patriot Day, annual remembrance of 9/11

DENVER — Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Monday, Sept. 11 in honor of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. This also is in recognition of Patriot Day, which was designated by Congress in 2001.

The full text of the president’s proclamation is below:

Office of the Press Secretary
September 8, 2017

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2017 Governor’s Service Award winners announced

DENVER — Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 — Today the 2017 Governor’s Service Award winners were announced. The awards are presented in recognition and appreciation to individuals, community/civic leaders, nonprofit organizations, SeniorCorps volunteers, and AmeriCorps members that have positively impacted Colorado communities through their service and volunteerism.

The Governor’s Service Awards are presented by Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service. Serve Colorado promotes community service throughout the state to build a culture of citizenship, service, and individual responsibility.

Colorado Governors, current and past, recognize the importance of all Coloradans in solving statewide issues, and for the past 20 years have honored volunteers who have made profound change in their communities.

Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Child Protection Ombudsman Board, Justice Assistance Grant Board and State Board of Optometry.

The Child Protection Ombudsman Board oversees decisions related to the Office of the Child Protection Ombudsman, including personnel decisions, accountability and consistency in operating policies and procedures, and fiscal oversight of the general operating budget.

For terms expiring Aug. 1, 2017:
Karen Diane Beye of Conifer, to serve as a representative with previous professional experience with a rural county human or social services agency or a rural private child welfare advocacy agency, reappointed;
Eldridge Greer, PhD of Denver, to serve as a representative with experience in primary or secondary education, appointed.

Gov. Hickenlooper's testimony for the Senate HELP Committee Hearing

Good morning.

Thank you Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and members of the committee. I appreciate the opportunity to testify and share with you our bipartisan plan for stabilizing the individual health insurance market.

In 1932, Justice Louis Brandeis popularized the idea that “states are the laboratories of democracy.” He said a “state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”

In other words, states are where the rubber meets the road on the highway of the American experiment.

In Colorado, we have implemented the Affordable Care Act for seven years -- as long as I’ve been governor. For many Coloradans, it has been a success. With bipartisan support, we expanded Medicaid and created a state based marketplace, known as Connect for Health Colorado. Around 600,000 Coloradans now have care because of the ACA.

We have dealt with its complicated provisions, benefited from its good intentions, and created a culture of innovation.

But many people are angry, and have a right to be. We need to move toward a system that compensates quality, not quantity. The United States is on a lonely island among other high-income nations: we spend almost twice as much for worse care.

Gov. Hickenlooper joins governors in urging Congress to support the Dream Act

DENVER — Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today joined with 10 other governors from across the country in urging Congress to support the Dream Act. In a letter to Congressional leadership, the governors ask for swift action and for leaders to pass legislation protecting young DREAMers threatened with deportation.  

View a copy of the letter here.


Gov. Hickenlooper announces Boards and Commissions appointments

DENVER — Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the Behavioral Health Transformation Council, State Board of Equalization, Peace Officers Standards and Training Board, Private Activity Bond Allocations Committee, Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment and Key Training Grant Review Committee and Uninsured Employer Board.

The Behavioral Health Transformation Council reduces the economic and social costs of untreated behavioral health disorders through the systemic transformation of the behavioral health system from one that is fragmented and siloed into one that is streamlined, efficient and effective for Colorado citizens.

For terms expiring Aug. 30, 2021:
Joy E. Hart of Colorado Springs, to serve as a representative of the Colorado Department of Corrections, appointed;
Katherine Helgerson of Denver, to serve as a representative of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, appointed;
Deanna Renee Towne of Castle Rock, to serve as a representative of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, appointed.