The Legislative Council Staff's Energy Handbook is intended to serve as a reference guide to Colorado's energy sector. The book is divided into five sections. Section I covers the sources and uses of energy in Colorado. Section II explains how severance taxes and federal mineral lease moneys...
This issue brief examines Colorado fireworks law, including permissible fireworks, sales, local government regulations, penalties for violating state laws, and executive orders.
Community choice energy (CCE) is an alternative to the investor-owned utility energy supply system that allows local entities to aggregate individual customers within a defined service area and secure alternative energy suppliers on their behalf. The primary goals of CCEs have been to lower...
This issue brief outlines home rule governance for municipalities and counties, including the process for adopting a home rule charter and the powers that a home rule charter provides to local governments.
This memorandum describes how some states find new ways to share cybersecurity knowledge and resources with their local governments to improve the state’s overall cybersecurity posture.
This issue brief provides an overview of federal and state family, medical, and sick leave laws.
This issue brief provides an overview of consumer data privacy, describes applicable federal laws, and summarizes recent state legislation proposed to strengthen consumer data privacy laws.
This issue brief provides background information on mobile homes and an overview of the Mobile Home Park Act, including recent changes to the law with regard to county ordinances, registrations, the dispute resolution and enforcement program, and evictions.
This memorandum provides an overview of the process to recall an office holder in Colorado and the various ways to fill a vacancy that occurs in an elected office at the federal, state, or local level in Colorado.
This issue brief provides an overview of Regional Accountable Entities, organizations responsible for coordinating the physical and behavioral health care of the state’s Medicaid members.
Laws passed during the 2019 session related to local government addressed a number of topics. This summary provides an overview of legislation concerning safety, county operations, special districts, property rights, business owners, and emergency service providers.
During the 2019 legislative session, the General Assembly examined a number of measures related to civil law. Specifically, the legislature considered bills regarding consumer fraud, internet privacy, free-speech lawsuits, damages, child hearsay exceptions, and equal pay.
This handbook is intended to serve as a resource guide on the role and responsibilities of local governments, including counties, municipalities, special districts, and school districts.
During the 2018 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly considered measures related to civil law. Specifically, the legislature considered bills regarding civil protections, the statute of limitations for domestic violence offenses, immunity, jurisdiction, and liability.
During the 2017 legislative session, the General Assembly considered a variety of measures related to local government. These topics were wide-ranging and encompassed special districts, local taxes, and intergovernmental agreements and contracts. Peace officer status, nonprofit boards, and...
What can a person do if he or she feels that an attorney or judge in a legal matter acted unprofessionally? In Colorado, there are formal complaint processes to review the conduct of attorneys and judges and to administer discipline when warranted. Additionally, voters can choose whether to...
2018 Salaries for the following County Officers (Pursuant to ...
Final Report to the Colorado General Assembly by the Police Officers' and Firefighters' Pension Reform Commission.
This memorandum provides an overview of broadband internet service programs in Colorado, including the Colorado High Cost Support Mechanism; state grant programs and other state efforts; local governments’ ability to provide broadband; and related recent legislation.
There are 324 justices and judges in Colorado. Seven justices preside over the Supreme Court and issue binding majority decisions on lower court rulings. Additionally, 317 judges preside over other various courts, including the Court of Appeals (22 judges), district courts (181 judges), and...
During the 2017 legislative session, the General Assembly considered measures related to construction defects, music performance contracts, property transfers, trusts, and the Right to Rest.
This memorandum presents the impact of Senate Bill 17-267 on special districts that previously assessed sales taxes on retail marijuana transactions.
Presented to the Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee at its August 1, 2017, meeting.
Recent federal policy changes have increased public awareness of asset forfeiture, a process through which a law enforcement agency can seize property that may have been involved in a criminal action. While federal policy affects federal seizures in the state, Colorado law governs how state and...