New Resources on Federal and State Laws Pertaining to COVID-19

Several new memos and Issue Briefs have recently been released by Colorado Legislative Council Staff that provide some guidance on how Colorado and federal laws address some of the issues brought about by COVID-19. Colorado Criminal Justice System Response to COVID-19 discusses the operations of the courts and correctional institutions during the outbreak. Expansion of […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Building the State Capitol

Today, the Capitol Building with its famous gold dome is one of the most recognized symbols of our state. But the road to building a capitol was a long and winding one, fraught with complications that included lawsuits, the firing of the architect, and even uncertainty over whether Denver would remain the state capital. The […]

At the Legislature: Family and Medical Leave for Employees

Among the issues at the Capitol receiving a significant amount of attention this year is a proposed state-run family and medical leave program. The program would grant paid leave to most Colorado employees for purposes of childbirth/adoption, major illness, or caring for a sick loved one. Federal law currently provides benefits under the Family and […]

Time Machine Tuesday: History of Colorado’s Game, Fish and Parks Agencies

Colorado’s efforts to preserve its natural resources are nothing new. As long as Colorado has been a state, there has been a state agency tasked with protection of Colorado’s game, fish, and parks. The name has changed over the years, and the agency has evolved – but its core mission of protecting Colorado’s incredible wildlife […]

At the Legislature: Single-Use Plastics

According to the EPA, less than 10% of plastics are recycled. As the oceans and landfills become increasingly filled with plastic bags, wrappers, utensils, and containers, many state and local governments are looking at ways to ban or reduce the distribution of single-use plastics. Colorado is no exception; so far during this legislative session, three […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Katherine Craig, Colorado Educator

A few years ago, a couple dozen paintings of Colorado governors and other state officials were uncovered behind a wall at the Colorado State Archives. An article in the January 2020 issue of 5280 Magazine highlights the search for the identity of the only female portrait in the group. As reported in the 5280 article, […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Students Debate the Boulder Dam

In the fall of 1927, the University of Colorado announced the topic for that year’s High School Debating League, which the university was sponsoring. That school year, high school students from all over Colorado would research and debate the merits of the proposed Boulder Dam (known since 1947 as the Hoover Dam). Construction of a […]

Colorado Governors: James B. Grant

James Benton Grant served as Governor of Colorado from 1883 to 1885. He was the state’s first Democratic governor as well as Colorado’s youngest statehood governor. Grant was born January 2, 1848, the son of a wealthy Alabama plantation family. Throughout much of the Civil War he was too young to serve in the military, […]

Time Machine Tuesday: History of Term Limits in Colorado

In the 143 years that Colorado has been a state, the laws regarding terms of office for elected officials have changed several times. In fact, the term limits in use today are relatively recent. This article provides an overview of some of the major changes to Colorado’s laws regarding term limits, which can be found […]

New Resources on Special Districts

Colorado has about 2,400 special districts, as designated by Title 32 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. Special districts provide specialized services such as water/sewer, fire protection, parks & recreation, or libraries. They have the power to tax or assess fees for services and/or to issue bonds to help pay for community improvements. There are various […]

Census 2020 + Libraries = Complete Count for Colorado

This is a guest post contributed by Sara Wright, Deputy Director of the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC).  Your library can be a powerful partner for Census 2020.  Why is a complete count important?  Because it represents power and money for Colorado.  According to the State Demography Office, “Census data affects the distribution of federal funds […]

NEW Liquor Law Resources

Colorado’s liquor laws changed significantly this year, most notably with the sale of full-strength beer in liquor stores. Back in March I posted about some of the many resources available in our library to help retail establishments, bars, and restaurants keep up with the often-changing laws. Since then, our library has acquired several helpful new […]

Safe Crossings for Wildlife

Colorado’s rapid population growth affects wildlife by reducing habitat and bringing them in closer contact with humans. Vehicle collisions are a serious threat to wildlife, and many roadways cross through the migration routes used by big game. To help protect wildlife – and motorists – from vehicle collisions, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the […]

Remembering Ruben Valdez

Colorado’s first Hispanic Speaker of the House, Ruben Valdez, passed away on Tuesday at age 82. He is remembered as a strong advocate for the Latino community and civil rights. The son of a coal miner, Valdez was born in Trinidad, Colorado, in 1937. After a few years working in Pueblo and in California, he […]

911 Technology in Colorado

This month the Public Utilities Commission issued a new report on 911 services in Colorado. The General Assembly passed legislation in 2018 requiring the report to be published annually; this year’s is the second such report. It examines the state of 911 services in Colorado, including technology and funding. Currently, Colorado’s (and most other states’) […]

Accessing the Colorado Revised Statutes

The new edition of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) has just been released, incorporating changes made to Colorado law during this year’s legislative session. The Colorado General Assembly updates the C.R.S. annually. This year, it consists of twenty-two physical volumes plus a two-volume index and two volumes of Court Rules. The C.R.S. is also available […]

The Future of Work

This week, Governor Polis signed Executive Order B 2019 009, which creates the new Office of Future of Work. The office will address the changing nature of working in Colorado, such as rapidly evolving technology; the growing number of workers who juggle multiple jobs; the rising costs of housing and healthcare; and the growth of […]

New Zero-Emission Vehicle Standard for Colorado

Last week, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission adopted a new zero-emission vehicle standard that “requires automakers to sell more than 5 percent zero-emission vehicles by 2023 and more than 6 percent zero-emission vehicles by 2025,” according to a press release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The new rules do not require […]

Colorado Governors: Frederick W. Pitkin

Colorado’s Pitkin County was named for Frederick Walker Pitkin, who served as governor of the state from 1879 to 1883. Born in Connecticut in 1837, Pitkin had settled in Milwaukee until ill health caused him to seek the “climate cure” first in Europe and then out west. He arrived in Colorado’s San Juan region in […]