06-20-20 CO Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19

Governor Polis Takes Action in Response to COVID-19

DENVER – Gov. Polis signed Executive Orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coloradans have done a great job wearing masks when leaving the house, staying physically distant from others, and washing our hands but we are only a few short steps ahead of the virus and we need to do better. The data is now starting to show a reversal of some of our gains, the 3-day moving average for cases is now going up in our state,” said Governor Polis. “This emergency extension helps Colorado further support our response efforts and remain prepared in the face of this global pandemic. I encourage all Coloradans to stay vigilant and we will get through this together.” 

Gov. Polis signed Executive Order D 2020 109, extending the state of disaster emergency and providing additional funds for response activities due to the presence of coronavirus. 

“Workers in stores and public-facing businesses have been wearing facial masks, and more and more companies are now thankfully requiring that customers wear masks to keep one another safe. Costco, Pizzeria Locale, and more and more Colorado businesses now require customers to wear masks. Today we are further protecting our state and county workers from infection by adding this best practice to the way we as a state do business,” said Governor Polis. “While we are doing our best to help people access public services virtually from the safety of your home, customers needing in-person services at our state and county government facilities will now also be safer by ensuring that those around them wear facial masks and I continue to encourage other businesses to make the right decision to protect their employees and customers by putting in place and enforcing mask requirements.”

“I direct the Executive Director of CDPHE to issue a public health order requiring that employees, contractors, and others providing services for Mass Transportation Operations and Critical Businesses where employees, contractors, or others who interact in close proximity with other employees or with the public must: 1. Wear medical or non-medical cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth while working, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health,” the Executive Order reads. 

Gov. Polis also signed Executive Order D 2020 108, to increase the Medicaid home health workforce and eliminate cost-sharing for coronavirus testing and treatment for Medicaid enrollees. “This Executive Order extends Executive Order D 2020 077, which suspends certain statutes to preserve the State’s Medicaid home health workforce and protect Medicaid enrollees from COVID-19 by reducing the need for in-person visits. I also temporarily suspend statutory requirements for cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment for Medicaid enrollees,” the Executive Order reads. 

Governor Polis also extended Executive Order D 2020 112, concerning criminal justice as well as Executive Order D 2020 111, issuing emergency rules extending the expiration date of licenses and other documents. 

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06-20-20 CDPHE: Victory for Colorado’s water and environment in U.S. District Court

CDPHE: Victory for Colorado’s water and environment in U.S. District Court

DENVER: The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado granted the State of Colorado a stay on implementing changes to the federal Waters of the United States rule. The stay means that the federal government will need to continue to use the more environmentally protective rule for the time being in permitting flood control, stormwater erosion, transportation, and other important critical infrastructure projects.

“Our attorneys did a terrific job explaining how the rollback of important protections would create irreparable damage to Colorado in violation of the Clean Water Act.  We are committed to protecting our water and will continue to stand up for Colorado when the EPA fails to do so,” said Attorney General Phil Weiser.

“This ruling will protect both the Colorado economy and environment, including the vast expanse of state waters that would have been impacted by the rollback. It allows us to preserve the rigorous review and issuance of permits that allow critical projects to move forward if they protect waters and the environment in the state. We are hopeful that we will continue to prevail as the case proceeds,” said John Putnam, environmental programs director, CDPHE.

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06-19-20 CO Farm Bureau Hosts Producer Roundtable at Arnusch Farms near Keenesburg featuring USDA Sec Perdue & U.S. Senators Gardner & Bennet

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CO Farm Bureau Hosts Producer Roundtable at Arnusch Farms near Keenesburg featuring USDA Sec Perdue & U.S. Senators Gardner & Bennet

Keenesburg, CO – June 19, 2020 – The Colorado Farm Bureau hosted a producer roundtable discussion that featured USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and United States Senators Cory Gardner & Michael Bennet at Marc Arnusch Farms near Keenesburg, CO.

Here’s the EXCLUSIVE AUDIO  from that event, courtesy of The BARN:

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Here’s the EXCLUSIVE VIDEO  from that event, courtesy of The BARN:

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