Colorado Bar Association Department of Legislative Affairs

Overview

The Colorado Bar Association takes legislative direction from its executive committee through a grant of authority to the Legislative Policy Committee (LPC).

The LPC is comprised of the president, immediate past president and the incoming CBA president, members elected by the Board of Governors and presidential appointees.  It is staffed by the Director of Legislative Relations.  Requests and inquiries about the committee and its process can be directed to Andy White, Director of Legislative Relations at awhite@cobar.org.

 

Authority & Communication of Legislative Decisions

Section or committee legislative positions go into effect after official LPC authorization.

Sections or committees are only authorized permitted to speak on behalf of the section or the CBA with prior LPC authorization.

 

Process for Legislative Review

Each Section must review relevant legislation for impact. 

When bills are made available from the legislature, they are reviewed for policy or legal impact on the CBA. In order to most effectively participate in the legislative process, the sections and committees must be prepared to respond to a bill as soon as possible. Sections and committees should respond to a bill request whether it is support, oppose, amend or take no position.

The LPC generally meets weekly at the CBA offices to review these requests. Representatives of the section or committee are required to attend the meetings to inform the LPC as to the pros and cons of the proposed position and any opposition, either known or potential. The LPC will then review the proposed position and take a position. After the LPC authorizes a position, the director of legislative relations will then coordinate testimony and lobbying with the section chair and/or legislative liaison.

The mechanics of how the LPC operates must remain flexible, but the following guidelines should inform and guide the way the LPC conducts business.

 

Taking Positions on Federal Legislation

No section or committee may take positions on federal legislation or issues unless the position has been approved as a Colorado Bar Association position. In order to become a CBA position, the LPC, the Executive Council or Board must approve the position. In emergency situations, the president, acting with the advice of the immediate past president and president-elect, may authorize a CBA position. Sections and committees may serve as a resource or provide technical information on either state or federal issues only if they have approval of the president or the executive director, and they make it clear that they are not advocating a CBA position.