(July 1) – Two bills sponsored by Rep. Millie Hamner (D-Dillon) became law today.

HB13-1117 brings the various early childhood development programs run by several state departments together under one department: the Colorado Department of Human Services. The current system is administered by a number of departments that often have different funding streams.

“By aligning the early childhood development programs, we will advance and improve early childhood support programs and services, particularly for Colorado’s at-risk populations,” Rep. Hamner said.

HB13-1035 fulfills the Judicial Department’s request for two new district judges and staff for the Fifth and Ninth Judicial Districts, both in Rep. Hamner’s House district. The two judicial districts include Eagle, Summit, Clear Creek, Lake, Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties.

The Fifth Judicial District currently has the lowest district court judge staffing level in Colorado with just under 70 percent of full staffing. The Ninth Judicial District has the second lowest with 73 percent of full staffing.

“This bill will make our judicial system more efficient and speed up the process for people going through the court system in those areas,” Rep. Hamner said.

The Fifth Judicial District last received a new district judge in 2005 and has since grown its caseload by 71 percent. The Ninth Judicial District last received a new district judge in 2009 and has since increased its caseload by 68 percent.

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