Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper recently signed into law bills sponsored by Lakewood legislators — Sen. Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood), Rep. Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood) and Rep. Max Tyler (D-Lakewood).
On Friday, May 24, in Pueblo, Hickenlooper signed HB 13-1292 — The Keep Jobs in Colorado Act — which was sponsored by Kerr and Sen. Jeanne Nicholson (D-Gilpin County). The bill changes the criteria government agencies use when awarding competitive bids on contracts funded by state dollars.
On Tuesday, May 28, Hickenlooper signed SB 13-206, sponsored by Pettersen, which makes it easier for residents to invest in college savings plans. The law changes state income tax forms to allow Coloradans to deposit their tax refunds directly into a college savings account. The new forms will also provide information on how to set up an account through CollegeInvest.
Also on May 28, HB 13-1105 — sponsored by Tyler and Rep. Mike Foote (D-Lafayette) — was signed into law. The bill creates a voluntary program to strengthen consumer demand for energy efficiency improvements in Colorado’s housing market by offering short-term incentives for high-performing new homes and energy retrofits of existing homes.
On May 29, Hickenlooper signed SB 13-217, sponsored by Pettersen. The bill allows the state Board of Education to consider unique circumstances at alternative education campuses when determining the accreditation criteria for school districts.
Previously, a district’s average test scores might be low because nearly all of students served by its AECs are “high-risk,” including dropout and expelled students, students in juvenile detention, and students with a history of drug abuse, homelessness or other specific factors.
for tornado victims
During Lakewood High School’s graduation at the University of Colorado Events Center on May 24, students raised $4,400 for victims of the tornado in Oklahoma.
During the ceremony graduating seniors sent around a collection bucket and asked everyone to donate at least $1 towards aid and relief.
The Blue Spruce Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host the annual Flag Day Celebration at 11 a.m. Friday, June 14, at the Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St.
For further information contact event chairman Rozella Mullen at 303-985-8552.
GCG Financial will host a women’s networking event called “Give…Connect…Grow” at the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway in Denver, on Wednesday, June 26, from 2-to-5 p.m.
The event will feature networking professional and life coach Jenn Marshall, who will share insights on intentional networking and the positive psychological and physiological benefits of building strong social and professional networks.
GCG Financial believes in serving the community and is encouraging attendees to offer a free-will, tax-deductible contribution to the Denver Art Museum to help fulfill its mission of strengthening the arts and cultural community in the Mountain West.
For more information about the event contact Melanie Barnard at 303-220-3231 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.