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Each year state decision-makers are tasked with balancing constitutional, statutory, and federal requirements with a host of other considerations, such as competing policy priorities, caseload growth, and the health of the state’s economy to create a budget.  Although the budget is funded with a variety of revenue sources, state taxes provide a significant portion of the revenue Colorado uses to fund its operations.

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Legislative Council Staff publishes forecasts of the Colorado and U.S. economies and state revenue each March, June, September, and December.  The General assembly uses these forecasts to develop the state budget, monitor state spending in relation to revenue, and determine and report the amount of excess state revenue under TABOR.

The Legislative Council Staff prepares memoranda, issue briefs, resource books, and reports addressing topics of interest to members of the Colorado General Assembly and the public.  The LCS Staff also has developed several interactive tools for exploring the state economy, tax policy, and the budget.

Legislative Council Staff publications may be accessed by publication type or by subject area below.

LAW SUMMARY: When a Child Can Be Tried as an Adult

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LAW SUMMARY: The Sunset Process: Legislative Review of Regulatory Agencies And Functions

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LAW SUMMARY: Security Deposit Returns to Renters

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LAW SUMMARY: The Role of Legislative Staff in the Initiative Process

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LAW SUMMARY: Retail Marijuana

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LAW SUMMARY: Regulation of Homeowners’ Property Rights With-in Common Interest Communities (HOAs)

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LAW SUMMARY: Registration of Sex Offenders

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LAW SUMMARY: Open Meeting Requirements of the Colorado Sunshine Law

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LAW SUMMARY: Medical Marijuana

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LAW SUMMARY: Lottery Fund Distribution

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LAW SUMMARY: Colorado Open Records Act - "CORA"

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LAW SUMMARY: Colorado Drunk Driving Laws

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LAW SUMMARY: Colorado Driver's Licenses

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LAW SUMMARY: Application of the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (CCIOA) in Subdivisions and Condominium Communities

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These summaries contain information commonly requested from the Office of Legislative Legal Services (OLLS). They do not represent an official legal position of the Colorado General Assembly or the State of Colorado and do not bind the members of the General Assembly. They are intended to provide a general overview of Colorado law as of the date of its preparation. Any person needing legal advice should consult his or her own lawyer and should not rely on the information in these summaries.

SUMMARY OF POSITION

Applying the Rules of Professional Conduct, together with historical practices, the Office of Legislative Legal Services takes the position that the legislative lawyer maintains an attorney-client relationship with the legislature, as an organization, and not with each legislator.

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