Tag Archives: Governor John Hickenlooper

Hickenlooper Appoints State Supreme Court Judge

gabrielGovernor John Hickenlooper appointed Richard Lance Gabriel to the Colorado Supreme Court yesterday at the Colorado State Capitol. Gabriel will replace Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr., who is retiring on September 1st. Gabriel was one of three finalists that also included Melissa Hart and David S. Prince. They were chosen by the Continue reading

Senator Gardner Talks to Senate About ColoWyo

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner (R-CO) took to the Senate floor yesterday to discuss the hugely negative impact that the closure of the Colowyo Mine would have on Northwest Colorado’s families and economy. The mine is threatened by a Federal District Court order determining that the Office of Surface Mining failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act in Continue reading

Schools to Begin Tracking Student Marijuana Use

MARIJUANA-300Colorado schools will begin compiling data on students who get busted for using or distributing marijuana. The effort is aimed at gauging the impacts of the drug’s legalization in the state. The new reporting requirement is an addition to a 2012 law directing law enforcement and district attorneys to collect data on how students are Continue reading

State Hires Outdoor Rec Director

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper has named a mountain climber and guide to lead the new Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. Hickenlooper announced the creation of the office and the appointment of Luis Benitez as its director yesterday. Benitez, a town councilman in Eagle, has climbed the seven tallest summits on Continue reading

State to Ask Voters for Exemption in TABOR Laws for Pot Tax Excess

MARIJUANA-300The state plans to ask voters this fall, whether the state should continue to use marijuana tax profits for school construction and other programs. Governor John Hickenlooper signed legislation Thursday that would put the de-brucing question on the November ballot. TABOR laws in Colorado say that all revenue from new taxes Continue reading

Governor Signs Bill Making Schools Liable for Violence

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Legislation to allow lawsuits against Colorado schools when there are shootings or other violence was signed into law yesterday by Governor John Hickenlooper. Lawsuits would be limited to $350,000 per victim or $900,000 per incident when there are serious injuries or deaths from violence and the school is accused of negligence. With the law, Colorado will be among Continue reading

Governor Signs Habitual DUI Bill

DONT-DRINK-DRIVE-300Habitual DUI offenders will soon face tougher penalties in Colorado. Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law yesterday that would make a fourth DUI a felony punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of as much as $500,000. The proposal has repeatedly failed in recent years because of concerns about increased Continue reading

State puts Limits on Proxy Marriages

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper has signed legislation to limit Colorado’s unique rules for proxy marriages in which couples are wed with only one of the people present. The new law will limit such marriages to military couples and government contractors. The few other states that allow proxy marriages already have such a rule. Hickenlooper signed the legislation Continue reading

Hickenlooper Latest to Send Letter to Jewell over ColoWyo

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Governor John Hickenlooper is the latest to send his thoughts to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell regarding the recent decision against the Office of Surface Mining that is threatening to shut down ColoWyo Coal Mine. A federal judge ruled the mine’s latest expansion project did not gather enough public input on the environmental impacts of the project, which took place eight Continue reading

Governor Signs Stricter Medical Marijuana Requirements into Law

MARIJUANA-300Colorado’s governor signed into law a new crackdown on medical marijuana. Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill yesterday that directs state health authorities to set new guidelines for doctors who recommend pot for “severe pain.” That’s the most common condition on Colorado’s medical marijuana registry. The new law will also Continue reading

Hickenlooper Defends Human Services Department

cdhsColorado’s governor is defending the embattled Department of Human Services to state lawmakers who have complained that the agency that oversees child welfare needs a new direction. Governor John Hickenlooper sent a four-page response to the 84 state lawmakers who wrote him earlier this month to point out “disturbing Continue reading

Governor Signs Snow Tire Study into Law

WINTER-DRIVING-300Colorado lawmakers will study whether to require snow tires or chains to drive on a mountainous stretch of Interstate 70 during spring and winter months, under a bill Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law yesterday. Continue reading