August 26, 2019

HB 16-1077: Recreating the Statutory Revisions Committee

On January 13, 2016, Rep. Dominick Moreno and Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik introduced HB 16-1077Concerning the Recreation of the Statutory Revision Committee. The bill was assigned to the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee. It passed out of that committee with amendments and was referred to Appropriations.

When the statutory revision committee was created in 1977, it was a standing body tasked with making an ongoing investigation into statutory defects and anachronisms. This bill proposes to recreate the committee, which was repealed in 1985.

The recreated committee would be comprised of 8 members. The majority and minority party leaders of each chamber of the general assembly would appoint two members for each party. The bill also proposes that the committee be staffed by the office of legislative legal services.

The committee would be charged with many responsibilities, including: (1) making an ongoing investigation of the common law, statutes of the state, and current judicial decisions for the purpose of discovering defects and errors in the law and recommending needed reforms; (2) receiving, soliciting, and considering proposed changes in the law from legal organizations, public officials, lawyers, and the public generally as to defects and errors in the law; (3) recommending legislation, if needed, to effect such changes in the law as it deems necessary in order to modify or eliminate outdated, redundant, or contradictory laws; and (4) occasionally reporting its findings and recommendations to the committee on legal services and annually to the general assembly.

Mark Proust is a 2016 J.D. Candidate at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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