Colorado Legislative Process

The Westminster Law Library, with the approval of the Colorado Legislative Council, digitized Colorado Legislative Council Research Publications in order to provide greater free public access to such reports. The Collection contains Research Publications from the Colorado Legislative Council from 1954-2012.  The publications include reports from interim committees, and ballot information booklets ("blue books"). The collection can be browsed by date or searched. 

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About CLC Research Publications 

Interim committees are special legislative committees that meet to study issues during the summer and fall months when the legislature is not in session. The legislature makes the decision on the topics to be studied by these committees by adopting joint resolutions or laws creating the committees. The interim committees typically conclude their activities by recommending legislation for the legislature to consider during the next session and publishing a final report of their activity.

As the Colorado General Assembly relies on the Legislative Council’s nonpartisan research contained in these reports, these research publications (along with the Session Laws) comprise Colorado’s most authoritative written legislative history. These reports are valuable to the researching scholar or practitioner as they frequently offer a direct view of legislative intent and a historical context for Colorado’s state laws. The first Research Publication was published in 1954.

To search Colorado Legislative Council Publications published after 2012, visit the Legislative Council Staff Research & Publications website.

Copyright Information

The Colorado Legislative Council Research Publications are not copyrighted and the information is for public use. Viewing, printing, and redistribution is permissible by anyone according to Colorado Public (Open) Records, CRS 24-72-201 – CRS 24-72-206.