Bill aimed at 2018 election woes signed into law

Three generations of Nevilles pose with Gov Hickenlooper as he signs an elections measure into law. Also pictured, at right, is Tim Greismer, legislative liaison for the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, and the deputy secretary of state, Suzanne Staiert. (SOS photo)

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an election petition bill into law designed to prevent some of the problems that plagued last year’s election and thrust a dog named Duke into the limelight.

Under House Bill 1088, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office will conduct signature verification on candidate petitions — previously only the address was checked. It also allows petition circulators to cure administrative deficiencies in their circulator affidavits.

In what is believed to be a legislative first, the measure signed into law was sponsored by a father-son duo. House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, introduced House Bill 1088 with his father, Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton. The bill was first heard in committee in March.

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Israeli official tells Colorado lawmakers “We’re always on the front lines”

Senate President Bill Cadman, House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, and David Siegel, the consul general of Israel, at the state Capitol today.
Senate President Bill Cadman, House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, and David Siegel, the consul general of Israel, at the state Capitol today.

David Siegel, consul general of Israel, stressed his country’s relationship with the United States during a talk Thursday at the state Capitol.

“Our hope is that Israel not be a partisan issue in this country,” he said, as he was flanked by the Senate president, Republican Bill Cadman, and the House speaker, Democrat Dickey Lee Hullinghorst.

Among those in attendance were Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his chief of staff, Gary Zimmerman, along with Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, the assistant minority leader, and Rep. Brian Del Grosso, R-Loveland, the minority leader. Other lawmakers included Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, and Rep. Kim Ransom, R-Douglas County.

Siegel noted that Western governors who visit Israel regularly talk about drought, a problem that has not plagued his country despite it’s location. He credited “constant innovation” for making Israel a “water surplus country.”

He also spoke about terrorism, ISIS and coping with enemies.

“Boy, is the Middle East a messy place,” Siegel said. “We’re always on the front lines.”