ISSUES - GENERAL ASSEMBLY
In the first ten days of the Lopez Administration, I am going to ask both the majority and minority leadership of the Colorado Assembly to meet with me on the 7th floor of the Denver Public Library in the Commission Room. We will sit at the Legacy table that was used by the world leaders during the Summit of Eight in 1997. This table was built by a Colorado firm and what is unique about the Legacy Table is that it is round and does not have a left side or a right side. I will remind them that we all made a sacred promise to work to enhance the quality of life for all Colorado residents.
As Governor, it is my solemn responsibility that I work closely with the General Assembly to ensure that the bills that are being passed are in alignment with the unalienable rights of the people. It is imperative that we elect individuals to the Colorado General Assembly that understand that their first duty is to be faithful to the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths that to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, depriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
The General Assembly consists of 100 members - 35 Senators and 65 Representatives. Senators serve four-year terms, while Representatives serve two-year terms. All members are limited to serving for eight consecutive years in their chamber - four terms for Representatives and two terms for Senators. As of the 2010 census, State Senators serve an average of 143,691 residents and State Representatives serve an average of 77,372 residents.
In the 2021 Legislative session the General Assembly passed 502 bills, in 2020 they passed 326 and in 2019 they passed 454 bills for a total of 1,282 new laws that Colorado residents are required to adhere to. All laws have the inherent potential to infringe on the rights of individuals and it is imperative that we do not allow those types of laws to be established.
If I determine that a law being introduced or passed by the General Assembly infringes on the rights of the people, I will not only inform the people of the proposed legislation, and I will utilize the veto authority of the Governor.