2020 Legislative Session
The second regular session of the 72nd General Assembly in Colorado was one without precedent. The session began on January 8th, 2020 with Democratic leadership putting forward an ambitious agenda to provide momentum heading into the election season. Those goals were largely derailed when the legislature temporarily adjourned on March 14th and did not return until May 26th. After three weeks of “chaos and compromise” (per the Colorado Sun) the legislature adjourned Sine Die on June 15th.
The session’s extension to June 15th was made possible by a Colorado Supreme Court decision stating that the 120 days of legislative work do not have to be consecutive during a public health emergency. This ruling could potentially impact the calendar in 2021 and beyond, since the ability to not count weekends and holidays toward the 120-day limit would allow session to extend well into June as long as the public state of emergency remains.
When the General Assembly returned on May 26th they had to deal with both the existing bills and a large slate of new bills introduced to address COVID relief and police reform, in addition to the Constitutional requirement to pass a balanced budget before the end of June while dealing with a $3.3 billion general fund shortfall. In total, the legislature saw 651 bills introduced in 2020 (compared to 598 in 2019), 332 of which went to the Governor for his signature.
Click here for 2020 Report -----> 2020 Session Report
2019 Legislative Session
The 2019 legislative session was widely reported on as being the most contentious and challenging in over a decade. An usually large class of first-year legislators (30 of the 100) as well as a new executive branch led to predictable growing pains and adjustments. In addition, Democratic leadership in both chambers expressed a desire to advance an ambitious legislative agenda – which was met with a variety of attempts to slow or stall bills on the part of Republican legislators.
Click here for 2019 Report -----> 2019 Session Report
2018 Legislative Session
The 2018 Colorado Legislative session convened in January and adjourned on May 9, 2018. Over 700 bills were introduced which is a record. BOMA's Government Affairs Committee and Legislative Affairs Suncommittee reviewed, monitored and took positions on multiple bills including HB-1067 (Right to Rest Act - opposed), and SB-062 (Snow Removal Liability - first opposed and then remained neutral after the bill was amended). BOMA's state lobbyist, Jenn Penn with Dome Strategies, actively worked on BOMA members' behalf and is now monitoring interim issues. The full BOMA Government Affairs Committee meets the third Thursday of each month at BOMA. All members are invited.
Click here for 2018 Report -----> 2018 Session Report
2017 Legislative Session
During the 2017 Colorado General Assembly BOMA's Government Affairs Committee reviewed, monitored and took positions on many of the bills that could have affected commercial real estate, including property tax abatements, property manager endorsements on brokers' licenses and construction defects. The good news is that BOMA was successful in protecting your interests.
Click here for 2017 Report -----> 2017 Session Report