The University of Colorado Board of Regents last week voiced its support for Amendment S, a ballot issue that Gov. John Hickenlooper and state lawmakers say will bring long-overdue reform to the state personnel system.
During its meeting at the University of Colorado Boulder, the board voted unanimously in favor of a resolution supporting Amendment S, which would increase flexibility for CU and other public employers. Because the targeted personnel rules are part of the Colorado Constitution, voters must approve the changes. The amendment was referred to voters unanimously by the General Assembly (as House Concurrent Resolution 12-1001).
“This ballot measure continues the work we’ve started with changing the state’s personnel system,” Hickenlooper said in June. “The changes would give state government more flexibility in retaining and recruiting top talent and would make Colorado an even more military-friendly state.”
Among the proposed changes included in Amendment S:
Colorado voters will decide on Amendment S on Nov. 6. If approved, it would take effect Jan. 1, 2013, at which point the Department of Personnel and Administration would begin a rulemaking process.
Amendment S aims to further the governor’s “Talent Agenda,” which also included changes to the State Personnel System that did not require Constitutional amendment. House Bill 12-1321, which took effect earlier this month, made these changes:
The State Personnel Director is in the process of establishing rules for the changes implemented by House Bill 12-1321 to be effective in the next budget cycle (fiscal year 2013-14). CU leadership is monitoring these changes carefully.
Employees are reminded that state law prohibits the use of university resources to advocate for or against a ballot initiative such as Amendment S. There is an exception for elected officials, including the Board of Regents, and it is permissible to use university resources to communicate the position taken by the regents.