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Hickenlooper wary of US interference in Colorado regulations 

By: The Associated Press
December 30, 2017 Updated: December 30, 2017 at 11:29 am
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In this Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 photo, Greeley City Manager, Roy Otto, smiles as he watches Governor John Hickenlooper glances up from a bottle of Rice's Honey after arriving at the Rice's Honey facility, in Greeley, Colo. Hickenlooper came to support the collaboration between Rice's Honey and Walmart. (Joshua Polson/The Greeley Tribune via AP)

ASPEN — Colorado's governor says he will work to keep U.S. officials from meddling in regulations enacted by his state while he's been in office.

Democrat John Hickenlooper says Colorado has worked with industry and nonprofit groups to enact model regulations, especially for the oil and gas industry. He says Colorado also can be a national model for things such as affordable housing.

But Hickenlooper told the Aspen Times on Thursday he worries President Donald Trump's administration will try to undo Colorado's regulations by saying they're burdensome.

Hickenlooper says states no longer can wait on the federal government for help, especially as the country grows economically and in population.

Hickenlooper was mayor of Denver before being elected governor in 2010. He is term-limited and has about a year left in office.

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