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Happy New Year! We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas season, and your year is off to a good start. For CMA, the year starts off quickly as we host our Legislative Reception Thursday, January 12 at 5:30 P.M. at the Brown Palace Hotel. Perhaps our most important event of the year in terms of our legislative program, the...
Legislators will not see much of their offices until January 5 when those newly elected report at 8:00 am for the last scheduled phase of Orientation. But things start moving after that. The Joint Budget Committee will hear from programs under the Governor’s Office, including the Energy Office on January 6. Both Republicans and Democrats will hold fundraisers prior...
Colorado voters this mid-term election made clear that Colorado is now a “blue” state with Republicans losing all statewide elective races, and almost saw Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, who represents Colorado’s western slope and Pueblo, lose her seat. Please see Dianna Orf’s lobbyist report for more details. For CMA, we feel fortunate that House Democrats elected Representative Julie McCluskie (D-Dillon)...
The elections are over (in Colorado at least). A recount is underway in the third Congressional District which appears to favor Congresswoman Lauren Boebert in a squeaker election. At the state level, there will be 31 new faces at the Capitol—that is, people who have never served in the legislature before in addition to those moving from the House...
The CMA Education Foundation has had a very productive year. We restarted the in-person teacher workshop and tours this summer and have plans for an additional workshop in Leadville next summer. We will share the details of the workshops and tours as soon as we have the details finalized. Please remember to include CMAEF in your year-end charitable giving. You...
November 15, 2022 DRMS Update – Ginny Brannon introduced Jason Musick as the new Program Manager of the Coal program, and Michael Cunningham who filled in for Russ Means. OSM reduced funding to Colorado’s coal program DRMS has several new employees Mined Land Reclamation Board needs two new members, one appointed by Soil Conservation Board, the other representing the...
November 15, 2022 Federal Issues Update on EPA proposal to list PFAS as a CERCLA substance WOTUS – Awaiting Supreme Court decision Some entities in Colorado Springs developing a general permit Comments on EPA Environmental Justice Screening model Colorado EJ link State Issues Discussion Stone et al v. High Mountain Mining Company, LLC et al Please contact Stan Dempsey for...
Staff Changes Stephanie Shark, CMA’s Director of Marketing will be departing CMA this month to become Executive Director of the Reprographic Services Association. On behalf of the CMA Board, I want to thank Stephanie for her more than five years of service to CMA and its members. Stephanie has provided tremendous service to CMA, including hosting successful events such as the...
For those hoping the November 8 General Election would bring some change to the Colorado legislature, Tuesday evening brought stinging disappointment. Statewide races were won by the Democrat incumbents with winners announced shortly after the polls closing. The biggest surprise for many was the lead taken by Adam Frisch over incumbent Congresswoman Lauren Boebert. However, as of late afternoon...
October 18, 2022 DRMS Update Russ Means - Acknowledgement of High Mountain Clean Water Act Citizen Suit, CDPHE took a backseat to allow lawsuit to move forward. Ruling related to Maui - November 1 meeting with CDPHE, probably won’t be limited to single mine site, forwarded on compliance advisory requiring discharge permit. CDPHE will look at any unlined pond – similar...