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File #: 24-197    Version: 1
Type: Presentation Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 3/22/2024 In control: Board of County Commissioners Study Session
On agenda: 4/9/2024 Final action:
Title: 1:00 PM *Legislative Update
Attachments: 1. Board Summary Report, 2. 2024 Legislative Issues Guide, 3. 2024 Internal Legislative Report, 4. 2024 Public Legislative Report

To:                                                               Board of County Commissioners


Through:                                          Michelle Halstead, Director, Commissioners’ Office


Prepared By:


Cody O’Brien, Management Analyst I, Commissioners’ Office




Presenter:                                          Ed Bowditch and Jennifer Cassell, Bowditch and Cassell Public Affairs





1:00 PM *Legislative Update



Purpose and Request:

recommended action

The purpose of this meeting is to provide information on the status of Colorado's state legislative session, including potential impacts to Arapahoe County, and seek Board direction on legislative positions or specific advocacy activities.



Background and Discussion: As a constitutional subdivision of Colorado state government, Arapahoe County can only exercise those powers specifically expressed in statute or in the constitution. Arapahoe County contracts with Bowditch and Cassell Public Affairs for state advocacy activities. The Director of the Commissioners’ Office coordinates federal and state intergovernmental relations, in partnership with the Director of Human Services, the County Attorney, the Director of Community Resources, the Director of Public Works and Development, and the Director of Public Health (staff legislative team).


Staff reviews proposed legislation through the lens of operational and fiscal impacts to the county, in the context of the County’s legislative guide (attached for reference).


This week, the lobbyist team will provide updates on the following bills that could impact Arapahoe County as well as other topics deemed appropriate:


Housing/Land Use

                     HB24-1152 Accessory Dwelling Units

                     HB24-1366 Sustainable Local Government Community Planning



                     HB24-1173 Electric Vehicle Charging System


General Government

                     HB24-1437 Prohibit Flat Fees for Defending Indigent Clients


Additionally, the lobbyist and staff legislative team will provide updates on the following bills and topics:

                     SB24-025 Update Local Government Sales & Use Tax Collection

                     HB24-1379 Regulate Dredge & Fill Activities in State Waters

                     SB24-050 Colorado Workforce Demonstration Grants Pilot Program

                     HB24-1409 Employment-Related Funding & Workforce Enterprise

                     HB24-1266 Local Government Utility Relocation in Right-of-Way

                     SB24-106 Right to Remedy Construction Defects

                     HB24-1313 Housing in Transit-Oriented Communities


Bills For Awareness

                     SB24-186 County Coroner & Deputy Coroner Public Employees’ Retirement Association Eligibility

                     SB24-013 District Attorneys’ Salaries

                     HB24-1431 Stable Housing for Survivors of Abuse Program


Please note that this report was amended on Friday in advance of the Legislative Update as information became available.


Fiscal Impact: Please refer to the attached 2024 Internal Legislative Report.


Alternatives: The Board could decide to not move forward with staff recommendations.


Alignment with Strategic Plan:

                     Be fiscally sustainable

                     Provide essential and mandated service

                     Be community focused


Staff Recommendation: Please refer to the attached reference documents.


Concurrence: The staff legislative team will be in attendance to answer questions as needed.