Michael Valdez, Director of Legislative Relations for the CBA, issued his final e-Legislative Report of the 2013 Legislative Session on Monday, May 13, 2013. In this issue, he discusses the end of the session at the Capitol and gives a quick glance ahead.
At the Capitol – End of Session
The Legislature has adjourned sine die for the First Regular Session of the Sixty-ninth General Assembly. The final gavels (House and Senate) came down on Wednesday, May 8 in the late afternoon. We will provide recaps of the session in upcoming issues of The Colorado Lawyer.
My thanks to all who subscribe to the eLegislative Report. We hope the updates were useful to you throughout the 2013 legislative session.
The CBA had a good year under the dome. Our sponsored legislation has been approved by the legislature and is either already signed by or on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper. The CBA continues its reputation for bringing well thought-out legislation that seeks to improve the legal system—for our members as well as the public.
A big thank you goes out to all the sections for their work in reviewing, amending, fixing, analyzing, killing, and helping pass numerous bills from January through May.
The Legislative Policy Committee (LPC), and in particular Committee Chairman and CBA President Mark Fogg, are to be commended for their efforts throughout the session; they meet weekly when the legislature is in session to direct our efforts at the legislature. During the “off-session” the LPC meets to reflect on the past session and prepare for the session that is always around the corner.
Finally, our contract lobbyist, Amy Redfern and our lobbying firm of Aponté-Busam, do a phenomenal job of representing the CBA at the legislature. Amy’s intellect, experience, and professionalism are tremendous assets to our Association.
A very special note of thanks to my colleague Margaret Haywood, web communications specialist at the Colorado Bar Association, for her efforts to not only get the eLegislative newsletter published each week, but for her help in making the format attractive to readers.
Look for the The Colorado Lawyer in July for a quick recap of the session and important legislation; the full Legislative Update will be published in the August issue.
One last item, if something big should arise over the summer I reserve the right to bring it to your attention through this newsletter.
Have a good summer!