August 24, 2019

Governor Hickenlooper Signs Several Bills Into Law

Governor Hickenlooper continues to sign bills into law as they make it through the House and Senate. To date, he has signed 46 bills into law since January 31, 2013. Most recently, he signed 15 bills on March 8, 2013. Five of these bills are summarized here.

The governor also signed four bills on February 27, 2013, which are summarized here.

Prior to this, the governor signed 23 Joint Budget Committee bills and two other bills on February 19, 2013.

For a complete list of the governor’s legislative decisions to date, click here.

HB 13-1008: Extending Veterans’ Hiring Preference to Spouse of Veteran if Veteran Unable to Work Due to Service-Connected Disability

On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, Rep. Su Ryden introduced HB 13-1008 – Concerning the Extension of the Veterans’ Preference in State Hiring to the Spouse of a Veteran if the Veteran Is Unable to Work Due to a Military Service-Connected DisabilityThis summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The state constitution currently a veterans’ preference in state hiring (preference). If a numerical method is used for the comparative analysis of candidates, an applicant entitled to preference will have a specified number of points added to his or her score. If a non-numerical method is used, an applicant entitled to preference will be added to the interview eligible list. The surviving spouse of a veteran who would have been entitled to preference is also eligible for preference.

The bill extends the veterans’ preference to the spouse of a veteran who is eligible for preference but has a military service-connected disability and is unable to work. If a numerical method is used for the comparative analysis of candidates, five points shall be added to the comparative analysis score of the candidate. If a non-numerical method is used the candidate is added to the interview eligible list.

In keeping with the constitutional provisions regarding preference, a candidate is not eligible to receive preference with respect to a promotional opportunity. Assigned to the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee.