Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hickenlooper issues three executive orders

New Gov. John Hickenlooper is already at work. He issued three executive orders shortly after being sworn in today, including one that bans unfunded mandates from state agencies.

The order does allow for an exception. It provides that unfunded mandates on local governments would be acceptable if "[t]he mandate is specifically required by federal or state law, the agency consults with local governments prior to promulgation of the regulation; and the state government provides the funding necessary to pay for the direct costs incurred by local governments in complying with the mandate.”

The other two order the creation of marketing agencies for the state across the country and in three countries overseas and the third commands the Office of Economic Development and International Trade to develop plans, with input from residents all over Colorado, for the state's economic recovery.