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Week Of Special Interest 07/22/20
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By La Voz Staff

Newly signed bill raises minimum age of sale for tobacco products

Colorado Governor Jared Polis recently signed a bill that will increase the state minimum age of sale for all tobacco products to age 21 with measures that enable active enforcement including retailer licensing and penalties that include license suspension and revocation for non-compliant retailers. In addition, House Bill 1001 repeals the criminal penalty for purchasing or attempting to purchase tobacco products as a person under 21 years of age.

In response, R.J. Ours, Colorado government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), issued the following statement:

“E-cigarettes have helped cause a youth tobacco use epidemic in communities across Colorado, where teens are using e-cigarettes at twice the national average.

“Our lawmakers should be doing everything in their power to protect our kids from a lifetime of tobacco addiction. Disrupting the sale of tobacco products to individuals under 21 by raising the minimum age of sale of all tobacco products including e-cigarettes to 21 is an important step to help reduce youth initiation. Nearly 95 percent of adults who smoke started smoking before the age of 21.

Grant provides funding to support STEM

The Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Foundation announced last month that it has received $10,000 from the Xcel Energy Foundation to support STEM education through the college’s IDEA Lab. The IDEA Lab was founded in 2014 to support students in gaining hands-on experience in innovation, design, making, technology and engineering. The IDEA Lab plays an important role in the STEM talent pipeline, as many students will transfer from RRCC to the Colorado School of Mines or enter the workforce.

The Xcel Energy Foundation has been a significant community partner to STEM education at Red Rocks, contributing $65,000 between 2015-2019 to support programming for firsthand STEM engagement, innovation challenges, and engineering skill development. This year, due to the coronavirus and economic turmoil, Red Rocks is especially appreciative of the Xcel Energy Foundation’s support of the IDEA Lab’s work to accelerate diverse, innovative talent to co-create solutions for today’s challenges.

“In the beginning of the pandemic, the IDEA Lab answered a call for help from an ICU doctor at CU Anschutz by putting the resources of the IDEA Lab to work creating 3-D printing parts that would allow one ventilator to serve multiple patients,” says Liz Cox, Director of the Center for Engagement and Innovation and co-lead of the IDEA Lab. “The students alongside faculty designed two ventilation prototypes and one face mask design. More recently, the IDEA Lab is designing hand sanitizer dispenser stations for Olde Town Arvada to provide hand sanitizing as restaurants re-open in Olde Town.”

Our Government

White House

The Spring 2021 White House Internship Program application is now open.

The application portal will remain open until 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, August 28, 2020. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The Spring 2021 White House Internship Program term runs from Wednesday, January 27 to Friday, April 16, 2021. Application decisions will be announced during the week of November 9. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the internship program start date and must be able to commit to the full internship term to be eligible.

Colorado Governor

Governor Jared Polis signed Executive Orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor extended an Executive Order increasing the Medicaid home health workforce and eliminating cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment for Medicaid enrollees.

Gov. Polis also extended Executive Orders related to criminal justice and licensing.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock today appointed Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) Chief of Operations Elias Diggins as Sheriff for the City and County of Denver. Diggins, a 25-year veteran of the department, will oversee the largest sheriff department in the State of Colorado, and an organization that has seen significant change to improve accountability and operations since 2014.

“More than ever before, the new sheriff needed to be someone who understood first-hand what it means to get a second chance. Mayor Hancock said.





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