Friday, September 8, 2017

Gaebler to chair Colorado Municipal League's policy committee

Posted By on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 10:49 AM

click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
Our own City Council President Pro Tem Jill Gaebler, who's serving her second term representing District 5, has just been selected to chair the Colorado Municipal League (CML)'s policy committee. And that's kind of a big deal, considering CML readily influences state lawmaking on matters affecting local governments (which is many, many matters). So, now if you get Gaebler's ear, know that she's got hands up at the Capitol too.

This gig is a step up for Gaebler who previously served on CML's executive board. (Remember when her District 5 opponent, Lynette Crow-Iverson, misrepresented her voting record there to score points on the campaign trail?) According to a news release, CML's executive board president Carol Dodge selected Gaebler for a term as policy committee chair that starts immediately and expires in June of next year.

Here's what the release says about the policy committee:

With over 125 members representing municipalities and municipal professionals around the state, the CML Policy Committee is the primary policy-making body for the League. Positions on issues and legislation taken by the Policy Committee are sent to the CML Board, which will set CML’s legislative agenda and official positions on legislation or policy issues.

Neat. And here's CML's 2017-2018 policy statement, to get an idea of what they're all about:

And for the true policy wonks, check CML's legislative page to see what bills the group supports/opposes/follows and sign up to receive their Statehouse Report to stay up-to-date on what's going on under the Gold Dome. All that will get active again once the next legislative session begins on January 10, 2018.

“Residents expect municipal government to operate efficiently, effectively, and transparently. To do this we must have the autonomy and voice to make decisions that support and protect our municipalities” Gaebler says in the release. “I’m honored to serve as the policy committee chair and advocate for the important issues facing cities and towns across Colorado."

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