Governor Complains to Courts About Joining Clean Power Lawsuit

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper is asking the Colorado Supreme Court to rule that he, not the state’s attorney general, has the final say on whether to sue the federal government. Hickenlooper’s petition, which was filed yesterday, comes after he complained that he, not Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, should have decided on whether to join about two dozen other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency over new air pollution rules. Coffman says the rules are an illegal overreach. The governor supports the rules and is trying to implement them. Jacki Cooper Melmed, chief legal counsel to the governor, says Coffman has filed an unprecedented number of lawsuits without support of or collaboration with her clients. Coffman points out the state constitution gives her the right to file lawsuits on behalf of the state.

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