October 30, 2014

HB 12-1243: Requiring Governor to Review Process By Which He Appoints Members to Boards and Commissions

On February 7, 2012, Rep. Nancy Todd introduced HB 12-1243 – Concerning the Review Processes Used to Make Appointments to State Boards and Commissions. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

In connection with the various state boards and commissions for which the governor possesses the power to make appointments of the members, the bill requires the office of the governor to review the process by which the governor makes such appointments to determine whether and to what extent the process allows for sufficiently diverse representation among the persons serving on such boards and commissions considering such factors as geographic and political background, expertise, and life and work experience of potential appointees.

As part of the review, the bill also requires the governor’s office to review the process by which the governor makes appointments to state boards and commissions in general to determine whether any action could be taken to make the appointment process more uniform and consistent.

The office of the governor is further required to develop recommendations for soliciting the broadest possible applicant pool for making gubernatorial appointments to state boards and commissions. In performing this task, the office of the governor is to consider the use of all available media that would advertise open appointments and mechanisms that would increase the awareness of appointments among the public generally and within various groups with persons representing their interests on the various boards and commissions more particularly.

Not later than December 15, 2013, the bill requires the office of the governor to report any findings and recommendations it has made to the general assembly.

The bill requires the legislative council of the general assembly to undertake the same kind of review with respect to legislative appointments to state boards and commissions that requires the office of the governor to undertake for gubernatorial appointments. As part of the review, not later than December 15, 2013, the legislative council is required to assemble any findings and recommendations it has made into a report for the use of the council, the executive committee of the legislative council, the full membership of the general assembly, and the public. The bill is assigned to the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee; it has not been scheduled for committee review.

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