Establishment of authority
- board of directors
(1)There is hereby created the Colorado water resources and power development authority, which shall be a body corporate and a political subdivision of the state. The authority shall not be an agency of state government, nor shall it be subject to administrative direction by any department, commission, board, bureau, or agency of the state, except to the extent provided by this article.
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(a)The powers of the authority shall be vested in the governing body of the authority which shall be a board of directors consisting of nine members who shall be appointed by the governor, with the consent of the senate, as follows:
(I)One member from the Rio Grande drainage basin;
(II)One member from the North Platte drainage basin;
(III)One member from the Arkansas drainage basin;
(IV)One member from the South Platte drainage basin outside the city and county of Denver;
(V)One member from the city and county of Denver who is familiar with its water problems;
(VI)One member from the Yampa-White drainage basins;
(VII)One member from the main Colorado drainage basin;
(VIII)One member from the Gunnison-Uncompahgre drainage basins;
(IX)One member from the San Miguel-Dolores-San Juan drainage basins.
(b)Appointments to the board shall be made so as to include one member who shall be experienced in water project financing, one member who shall be experienced in the engineering aspects of water projects, one member who shall be experienced in the planning and developing of water projects, one member who shall be experienced in public health issues related to drinking water or water quality matters, and one member who shall be experienced in water law. Members of the board shall be representative of the water districts from which they are appointed.
(c)No more than five members of the board shall be members of the same major political party.
(3)Members of the board shall be appointed for terms of four years; except that the terms shall be staggered so that no more than three members’ terms expire in the same year. Each member shall hold office for the term of the member’s appointment and until a successor has been appointed. A member shall be eligible for reappointment. Any vacancy in the membership occurring other than by expiration of term shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment but for the unexpired term only.
(4)Each member may be removed from office by the governor for cause. Each member shall take an oath or affirmation in accordance with section 24-12-101.
(5)The members of the board shall elect a chairman and a vice-chairman. The members of the board shall also elect a secretary and a treasurer who need not be members, and the same person may be elected to serve as both secretary and treasurer. The powers of the board shall be vested in the members thereof in office from time to time, and five members of the board shall constitute a quorum at any meeting thereof. Action may be taken and motions and resolutions adopted by the board at any meeting thereof by the affirmative vote of at least five members of the authority. No vacancy in the membership of the board shall impair the right of a quorum of the members to exercise all the powers and perform all the duties of the board.
(6)Each member of the board not otherwise in full-time employment of the state shall receive a per diem of one hundred dollars for each day actually and necessarily spent in the discharge of official duties, and all members shall receive traveling and other necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of official duties.
(7)The authority may be dissolved by an act passed by the general assembly on condition that the authority has no debts or obligations outstanding or that provision has been made for the payment or retirement of such debts or obligations. Upon any such dissolution of the authority, all property, funds, and assets thereof shall be vested in the state.
Section 37-95-104 — Establishment of authority - board of directors - removal - organization - compensation - dissolution,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-37.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).