Monthly Archives: March 2008

GOV. RITTER SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY


 

Tuesday, April 1       

 

9 a.m.                          Gov. Ritter will deliver opening remarks to the new Colorado Jobs Cabinet during the group’s first meeting. Gov. Ritter has convened the Cabinet to ensure that Coloradomeets the 21st century workforce needs of the state’s industries and businesses today and into the future. Location: Governor’s Residence, Carriage House, 8th and Logan streets (enter through gate on 
Logan Street

).

 

1 p.m.                          Gov. Ritter will sign into law House Bill 1075 (Kefalas/Schulteis), “Peer ReviewAmbulatory Surgical Care Center.” Location: Governor’s Office, State Capitol.

 

GOV. RITTER APPLAUDS USOC DECISION TO STAY IN COLORADO SPRINGS


Gov. Bill Ritter today applauded the United States Olympic Committee’s decision to remain headquartered inColorado Springs.

 

“This is a great day for Colorado Springs, all of Colorado and the United States Olympic Committee,” Gov. Ritter said. “We are extremely pleased the USOC has chosen to stay in Colorado Springs, and the state is proud to have worked alongside the city of Colorado Springs and many, many others to keep the USOC here inColorado. With this decision now made, we must focus on making Colorado Springs the most comfortable and effective long-term home for the USOC and our American athletes.”   

 

GOV. RITTER SIGNS ADDITIONAL LEGISLATION INTO LAW TODAY


 

In addition to House Bill 1117 (Juvenile Restorative Justice), Gov. Ritter today signed several other pieces of legislation into law:

 

Bill #

Short Title

Sponsors

Date Action

Action

HB08-1045

Obsolete & Collector’s License Plates 

RICE / HAGEDORN 

3/31/2008

Signed

HB08-1062

Medication Therapy Management 

GREEN / BOYD 

3/31/2008

Signed

HB08-1074

Nonconforming Advertising Devices On Hwy 

BORODKIN / HAGEDORN 

3/31/2008

Signed

HB08-1102

Liq Enf Div & State Lic Auth Cash Fund 

LABUDA / JOHNSON 

3/31/2008

Signed

HB08-1117

Juvenile Restorative Justice Programs 

MERRIFIELD / MORSE 

3/31/2008

Signed

HB08-1166

DUI Offense Administrative Revocation 

JUDD / HAGEDORN 

3/31/2008

Signed

HB08-1205

Increase Higher Ed CDC Exceptions 

RIESBERG / WINDELS 

3/31/2008

Signed

HB08-1217

Sexual Assault Victim Protections 

ROBERTS / SHAFFER 

3/31/2008

Signed 

HB08-1266

Filing Of Notices On Statutory Liens 

WITWER / VEIGA 

3/31/2008

Signed 

HB08-1320

Eliminate Cash Fund Exempt Designation 

BUESCHER / KELLER 

3/31/2008

Signed 

 

GOV. RITTER ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS


Gov. Bill Ritter today announced appointments to a variety of statewide boards and commissions:

 

Colorado State Fair Board

 

Mark Arndt of Fort Morgan and Patty Shaw Castilian of Denver for terms expiring Nov. 1, 2011.

Paul Bernklau of Rifle and Edward B. Cordes of Littleton for terms expiring Nov. 1, 2010.

Gregory J. Kolomitz of Denver for a term expiring Nov. 1, 2008.

 

Collaborative Scopes of Care Advisory Committee

(for terms expiring at the pleasure of the Governor)

 

Dr. Ned Calonge of Greenwood Village, to serve as the committee chairman

Cody Belzley of Denver

Dr. Luke J. Casias of Hesperus

Dr. Steven C. Holt of Broomfield

Barbara Hughes of Denver

Helen E. Lester of Alamosa

Shirley B. McKenzie of Centennial

Susan T. Miller of Littleton

Mark S. Patterson of Rangely

Dr. Jeanne M. Salcetti of Colorado Springs

Dr. Alex V. Slucky of Highlands Ranch

Karen J. Tomkey of Olney Springs

Susan F. Townsend of Greenwood Village

Sandeep Wadhwa of Denver

Douglas E. Warnecke of Conifer

 

Air Quality Control Commission

 

Robert A. Arnott of Greenwood Village for a term expiring Jan. 31, 2009.

Dr. Radford Byerly of Boulder, Ashley Lee Campsie of Littleton and Cynthia S. Peterson of Littleton for terms expiring Jan. 31, 2011.

 

Fire Service Training and Certification Advisory Board

(for terms expiring July 1, 2011)

 

Mark Campagnola of Aurora

Christopher A. Cross of Fort Lupton

Thomas N. Farber of Aurora

Patrick J. Laurienti of Hudson

Robert E. Leigh of Arvada

Richard E. Lewis of Parker

Joseph “Jay” A. Ruoff of Highlands Ranch

 

Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Commission

 

Stephanie Foote of Denver, B. Stephens Parker of Durango and John N. Schler of Grand Junction for terms expiring Jan. 1, 2011.

 

Colorado Aeronautical Board

 

Joseph H. Thibodeau of Denver for a term expiring Dec. 19, 2008.

Harold W. Patton Jr. of Greenwood Village, Louis A. Spera of Pueblo West and David A. Ubell of Olathe for terms expiring Dec. 19, 2009.

Debra K. Wilcox of Centennial and Dale E. Hancock of Colorado Springs for terms expiring Dec. 19, 2010.

 

Cover Colorado Board of Directors

 

John P. Hopkins of Grand Junction and Leo Tokar of Englewood for terms expiring July 1, 2010.

Susan McIntosh-Hutton of Littleton and Donald L. Shovein of Fort Collins for terms expiring July 1, 2011.

 

Utility Consumers Board

 

Jennifer Gremmert of Denver for a term expiring July 1, 2009.

Dian P. Callaghan of Denver, Cameron R. Graham of Greenwood Village and William J. Martin of Denver for terms expiring July 1, 2011.

 

GOV. RITTER SIGNS RESTORATIVE-JUSTICE BILL INTO LAW


GOV. RITTER SIGNS RESTORATIVE-JUSTICE BILL INTO LAW

 

Gov. Bill Ritter today signed into law House Bill 08-1117, which is designed to help keep youthful offenders from turning into hardened adult criminals by allowing them to participate in restorative justice programs in certain circumstances.

 

The legislation was co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Merrifield and Sen. John Morse. It allows – when appropriate – for juvenile offenders to meet with their victim and court officials to agree to some type of service work that would repair, repay or restore the harm they have caused.

 

“By making juvenile offenders take responsibility for the consequences of their actions, we can teach them that the decisions they make, both good and bad, will affect the course of their life,” Gov. Ritter said. “Repairing the harm that someone has caused can be the thing that matters most in the criminal-justice system. As a former prosecutor, I’ve seen too many people start out committing minor crimes as juveniles and escalate to committing serious crimes as adults. We must do everything we can to intervene early and break this cycle.”

 

“As a public school teacher for over 30 years, I’ve been committed to making a positive difference in the lives of young people,” Rep. Merrifield said. “The restorative-justice process is a great opportunity to not only cut recidivism but to also give kids another chance, a second chance, to turn their lives around. It also gives victims a chance to have closure. It’s another tool in the criminal-justice tool box.”

 

HB 1117 passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support – 63-1 in the House and 33-0 in the Senate. It was supported by the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council and the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

 

GOV. RITTER SCHEDULE FOR TODAY & TUESDAY (MARCH 31 & APRIL 1)

GOV. RITTER SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY & TUESDAY
 
Monday, March 31
 
9:30 to 9:45 a.m.        Gov. Ritter will be joined by state Rep. Mike Merrifield for the signing of House Bill 08-1117, concerning the use of restorative-justice practices as part of the state’s juvenile diversion criminal-justice efforts.
Location: Governor’s Office, State Capitol.
 
Tuesday, April 1       

 

9 a.m.                          Gov. Ritter will deliver opening remarks to the new Colorado Jobs Cabinet during the group’s first meeting. Gov. Ritter has convened the Cabinet to ensure that Colorado meets the 21st century workforce needs of the state’s industries and businesses today and into the future. Location: Governor’s Residence, Carriage House, 8th and Logan streets (enter through gate on Logan Street).

 

GOV. RITTER CONGRATULATES DENVER ON RECEIVING $200K SOLAR AWARD


Gov. Bill Ritter today congratulated Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and the city for receiving a $200,000 U.S. Department of Energy “Solar America Cities” award. Denver will receive technical and funding assistance for developing solar electric projects.

 

“I applaud Mayor Hickenlooper and Colorado‘s capital city for being selected as a 2008 Solar America City,” Gov. Ritter said. “This national award recognizes Denver‘s greening efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and incorporate clean, renewable sources of power. The Solar America grant will further stimulate our renewable energy industry, protect our natural environment, increase our energy security and advance Colorado‘s New Energy Economy.”

 

The announcement comes on the heels of several other major New Energy Economy achievements in recent weeks, including:

·         The opening of Vestas Blades in Windsor;

·         The announcement that ConocoPhillips is opening an alternative-fuel research hub in Louisville;

·         The relocation of RES Americas from Texas to Broomfield;

·         Xcel Energy’s decision to make Boulder the nation’s first Smart Grid City; and

·         This week’s signing of a historic “homegrown energy” or net-metering bill into law by Gov. Ritter.

 

DOE Secretary Samuel W. Bodman made the announcement today that $2.4 million will be available to 12 cities across the country. These cities were chosen for their commitment and comprehensive approach to the deployment of solar technologies and the development of sustainable solar infrastructures.  The Solar America Initiative (SAI) aims to make electricity from solar photovoltaics cost-competitive with conventional electricity by 2015. 

 

Why I’m standing with Mark Udall – Ritter for Udall campaign


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Mark Udall has long delivered results for the people of Colorado.  As a United States Senator, he’ll be in a better position to make even more of a difference, which is why I’m supporting his candidacy.

Mark Udall has been a valuable congressional partner ever since I became Colorado’s governor — championing legislation against climate change and fighting everyday to protect Colorado’s wilderness for generations to come.  He can do even more in the U.S. Senate.

Colorado needs an environmental advocate like Mark Udall in the U.S. Senate.  Please make a contribution to his campaign by March 31!

http://www.markudall.com/StandUp

Thanks in large part to Mark’s leadership, Colorado’s passage of a renewable energy portfolio standard in 2004 has made our state a pioneer in what I call the New Energy Economy. But if we’re going to do something about climate change and our dependence on foreign oil, we need all hands on deck. 

I have joined with several other Western governors to urge federal action, and Mark Udall is working tirelessly to enact legislation that commits the entire nation to follow Colorado’s lead and create a renewable electricity standard.  The House approved his measure late last year, but it ultimately failed by one vote in the U.S. Senate.  

Mark will be that one vote.

We need to add Mark’s voice to the U.S. Senate.  Please make a contribution to his campaign by March 31!

http://www.markudall.com/StandUp

Mark has been an indispensible ally and partner for me in Congress. Mark has taken the lead in fighting the bark beetle infestation plaguing our forests.  He is working to secure $120 million in federal funds to preserve our forests, protect our communities, and provide tax credits and income exclusions for private thinning and treatment work.

And Mark has been a leader in protecting our mountains and forests from irresponsible oil-and-gas drilling.  Mark never has, and never will, shy away from protecting Colorado’s hunters, anglers and local communities.

Mark Udall is ready to fight for us in the U.S. Senate.  Please make a contribution to his campaign by March 31!

http://www.markudall.com/StandUp

Mark Udall has already delivered so much for our state, but his accomplishments go far beyond the here and now. I know that as Colorado’s next Senator, he will fight day and night to preserve our way of life — and our planet – for generations to come.

Sincerely,

Bill Ritter, Jr.
Governor of Colorado

GOV. RITTER TO SIGN HOMEGROWN ENERGY BILL INTO LAW AT LONGMONT FARM ON WED., MARCH 26

 

On Wednesday, March 26, Gov. Ritter will sign HB 1160, which would expand homegrown energy opportunities by promoting “net metering.” “Net metering” allows consumers with their own sources of energy, such as wind or solar, to receive credit for the energy their system generates and puts in to the overall energy supply, reducing their utility bill. This will encourage more residential investment in renewable energy and support its use in rural communities.

 

Tomorrow’s event will occur in two parts.  First, there will be a press conference at a Longmont farm, and then a bill signing will take place back at the Capitol. 

 

 

What: 

HB 1160 Press Conference & Bill Signing

Gov. Ritter will be joined by Sen. Brandon Shaffer, Senator Jim Isgar, and Rep. Judy Solano

 

When/Where:

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

 

2:30 PM to 3:00 PM              Press Conference

                                   

3:45 PM to 4:00 PM              Bill Signing w/Rep. Judy Salono

                                                State Capitol—Governor’s Office

 

 

WILLIAMS EXPANDS ACCESS TO EDUCATION FOR RURAL STUDENTS

DENVER—Today the full Senate gave final approval to SB08-20, sponsored by Sen. Suzanne Williams (D-Aurora), which would extend the “Fast College, Fast Jobs” pilot program to include American Indian students who live on Colorado’s Indian reservations.

The bill would open program eligibility for the Fast College, Fast Jobs pilot program by adding school districts and high schools that serve those students.

“We need to make sure that the programs that are offered through the educational system that provides optimal educational opportunities are inclusive to all students wishing to participate,” Williams said.

Fast college, Fast jobs allows enrolled students to receive a high school diploma and an associate’s degree or a career and technical education certificate within five years. Students take a mix of high school and higher education courses and must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average during four years of high school.

Currently, 23 school districts and 62 target schools are eligible to participate in the program.

The bill next heads to the House for consideration.