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2018 January/February Governmental/Legislative
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by Jennifer Cassell

The Second Regular Session of the 71st General Assembly of Colorado convenes on Wednesday, January 10, and per the Colorado State Constitution, the legislature will meet for no more than 120 days, with adjournment no later than midnight on Wednesday, May 9.  

Colorado continues to have “split control” at the Capitol - the Democrats control the House 37-28, and the Republicans control the Senate 18-16 with one unaffiliated.  This split control means that anything too far to either end of the political spectrum is going to be defeated. 

Given that 2018 is an election year, and especially with a gubernatorial election, we expect that the session will be very partisan and political. 

We will see three new members of the House of Representatives due to legislators resigning to run for higher office or to take a position with the federal government. 

Colorado continues to see strong economic growth with rising incomes, a strong housing market, and low unemployment.  In his budget presentation to the JBC, the Governor put a priority on education, transportation, and the state reserve fund.  Because Colorado links its income tax to federal taxable income, Colorado’s General Fund tax revenue is expected to increase as federal deductions and exemptions are decreased. 

The major topics this session will focus on affordable housing, transportation funding, PERA/pension reform, marijuana, and the state budget. We will also see a lot of “messaging bills” – those bills that are introduced to help legislators campaign on issues. 

We will always keep our eyes out for legislation that will impact water and pesticide usage, and the duties and responsibilities of superintendents. We also watch legislation that affects the golf industry as a whole.  

Also, be sure to stay posted on the annual Golf Day at the Capitol where we showcase the great work of RMGCSA to legislators, policy makers, and staff. 


Contact Gary Leeper at RMGCSA
Voice: 303-255-9611 Fax: 303-458-0002
12011 Tejon St., Ste. 700., Westminster, CO 80234 EMAIL: