March 14, 2012
(Denver) – House Democratic Leader Mark Ferrandino’s program to reform and modernize Colorado’s state personnel system and attract and retain the highest quality employees won unanimous approval today in the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.
With HB12-1321 and HCR12-1001, Rep. Ferrandino (D-Denver) and his House cosponsor, Rep. Glen Vaad (R-Mead), are proposing a wide range of changes to modernize and strengthen Colorado’s personnel system.
The program includes both statutory and constitutional changes. The proposed constitutional changes in HCR12-1001 require a two-thirds majority of both House and Senate and would then be placed before the voters in November.
“Today we took a first step to move an overdue modernization of the state personnel system through the legislature and onto the ballot,” Rep. Ferrandino said. “This balanced compromise will help us to attract and retain the best workforce for the people of Colorado.”
Christine Scanlan, representing Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office, told the committee that the governor was a strong supporter of the bill.