Legislative committees are a very important part of Colorado's legislative process. At a legislative committee hearing, citizens have an opportunity to express their views and have them incorporated into the official legislative record. In Colorado, every bill receives a public hearing by one of...
This memorandum provides an overview of the "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent Government Act" (SMART Government Act). The act requires executive agencies to annually present specific information to joint legislative committees during the first two weeks of the...
This publication provides an overview of marijuana laws in Colorado as well as marijuana licensing, marijuana in the state budget, regulations, federal law and jurisdictional issues, and additional resources.
Focus Colorado presents forecasts for the economy and state government revenue through FY 2019-20. Implications of the forecast for the state's General Fund budget and spending limit are described in the report's highlights and executive summary sections. The report is based on current law,...
Final Report to the Colorado General Assembly by the Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment of Persons with Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems.
Final Report to the Colorado General Assembly by the Transportation Legislation Review Committee.
Final Report to the Colorado General Assembly by the Colorado Youth Advisory Council Review Committee.
This memorandum provides an overview of the statewide ballot measure process; a summary of the measures approved or rejected by Colorado voters between 1880 and 2021; and links to additional resources at the offices of the Colorado Legislative Council Staff and the Colorado Secretary of State....
Final Report to the Colorado General Assembly by the Water Resources Review Committee.
Pursuant to Section 2-3-1602, C.R.S., the committee is charged with reviewing and proposing legislation or other policy changes related to wildfire prevention, mitigation, and related matters, including public safety and forest health issues.
Final Report to the Colorado General Assembly by the Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy.
This memorandum provides an executive summary of the various Executive Orders issued during the declared disaster emergency related to COVID‑19 in Colorado.
The state incurs wildfire-related expenditures in several departments for various activities including wildfire prevention, preparedness, mitigation, suppression, and recovery. These activities are not explicitly broken out in the state budget and are spread across various line items in...
The General Assembly considered several measures during the 2021 legislative session related to human services, including behavioral health and long-term care.
Final Report to the Colorado General Assembly by the Pension Review Commission and Pension Review Subcommittee.
The state legislature established the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) in 1931 to provide a pension benefit to state and local government employees, predating the federal Social Security Act of 1935 by four years. PERA is a substitute for Social Security for most...
Summary report for the Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment of Persons with Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System.
Summary report for the Water Resources Review Committee.
Pursuant to state law (Section 26-6.5-203, C.R.S.), the Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission (ECSRLC) may meet up to four times per year to study issues concerning early childhood and school readiness.
Summary report for the Transportation Legislation Review Committee.
Summary report for the Pension Review Commission.
Summary report for the Colorado Youth Advisory Council Review Committee (COYAC).
During the 2021 legislative session, the General Assembly examined a number of measures related to civil law and the courts.
This report contains the final audited figures for state revenue retained under Referendum C in the 2005‑06 through 2019‑20 state fiscal years and preliminary numbers for the 2020‑21 and 2021‑22 state fiscal years. It also reflects the actions of the General Assembly and Governor in spending...
This issue brief examines Colorado fireworks law, including permissible fireworks, sales, local government regulations, penalties for violating state laws, and executive orders.