2011 Colorado General Assembly Bills of Interest:
The 68th General Assembly will convene on January 12, 2011 and is mandated by law to close no later than May 11, 2011. Use this link
to the Colorado General Assembly home page where you can find current information on all House and Senate bills, contact your representatives and access the Colorado Revised Statutes.
As we saw in the 2010 session, the 2011session is expected to be dominated by the challenge of the successive major annual revenue shortfalls necessitating that some very, very, difficult and painful decisions be made by our legislators. Given that any tax increases must first be sent to the citizens for a vote no sooner than November 2011, most of the focus will be on increasing user fees and cutting entire programs. As always, the OCCC and our full time lobbyist, Leo Boyle, will be working hard to ensure that our hobby is not unfairly impacted by any proposed changes to the CRS. We may need your help to contact your legislators on specific bills. Please stay tuned for more information.
At the National level:
The CCCC has been a member of SEMA for many years and SEMA employs a number of lobbyists in Washington DC that work to protect our interests at the national level. Additionally, SEMA has organized a caucus of state legislators to support our hobby. Here is their description of the program:
State legislators around the country with a common goal to support the motor vehicle hobby have joined the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. The Caucus is a bi-partisan group of state lawmakers whose common thread is a love and appreciation for automobiles. The Caucus will help raise the motor vehicle hobby’s profile in the state legislatures and in the eyes of the public. Working in state capitals, many of these legislators have sought to preserve and protect the hobby by seeking the amendment of existing motor vehicle statutes and creating new programs to safeguard and expand the hobby. Over the past several years, their work has brought a series of significant legislative accomplishments for the vehicle enthusiast community on issues ranging from equipment standards to registration classifications, and from emissions test exemptions to hobbyist rights. By joining the Caucus, these legislators have demonstrated their commitment to upholding the rights of vehicle enthusiasts. In addition, hobbyists will be able to quickly identify which state legislators have chosen to be recognized for their support of this great American hobby.
|Representative Mark Barker
Representative Millie Hamner
Representative Chris Holbert
Representative Pete Lee
|Representative Larry Liston
Representative Marsha Looper
Representative Nancy Todd
Representative Edward Vigil
Contact these legislators regarding Colorado issues. You can get their email, address or phone numbers by visiting the Colorado General Assembly Home Page
. You can also follow the progress of bills daily on this site. If you are interested in the future of our hobby bookmark this site.