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File #: 24-307    Version: 1
Type: Presentation Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/29/2024 In control: Board of County Commissioners Study Session
On agenda: 6/4/2024 Final action:
Title: 1:15 PM *2024 Legislative Session Debrief
Attachments: 1. Board Summary Report, 2. Presentation, 3. 2024 Bill Summaries, 4. 2024 Legislative Issues Guide
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To: Board of County Commissioners

Through: Michelle Halstead, Director, Commissioners' Office

Prepared By:
Cody O'Brien, Management Analyst I, Commissioners' Office

Presenter: Ed Bowditch & Jennifer Cassell, Bowditch and Cassell Public Affairs; Michelle Halstead, Director, Commissioners' Office; and Cody O'Brien, Management Analyst I, Commissioners' Office

1:15 PM *2024 Legislative Session Debrief

Purpose and Request:
recommended action
The purpose of this meeting is to review key points from the 2024 state legislative session and a proposed plan for the remainder of the year.

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 County's legislative team, consisting of 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.

On an annual basis, the Board of County Commissioners adopts legislative principles to guide federal and state advocacy work, evaluating policy positions through the lens of fiscal and operational impacts to Arapahoe County, consistent with its stated strategic plan and legal requirements. The Board also identified six specific legislative items to focus on during the 2024 session, including:
* Secure adequate funding to support one-time transition costs associated with the split of the 18th Judicial District.
* Repeal obsolete section seven of C.R.S. 29-2-104 regarding calendar limitations on sales tax questions.
* Engage local community correction programs to ensure state funding can adequately s...

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