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Friday, April 28, 2023
Lessons in Statuses: 280 remaining bills – It will be late nights and maybe long weekends?
Remaining Bills: 280 (as of 4/27) – CLICK HERE
Bills Cleared the Decks: 242 – CLICK HERE
Killed Bills: 87 – CLICK HERE

We have two bills that should be somewhere but ?????
Our Current Status of Bills lists depend on statuses put up by the GA. Some laid over bills will continue; some are done. Lots of bills laid over today will be heard tomorrow. So there’s a bit of a limbo on whether the bills are a go or done.
No New Bills – CLICK HERE

Read below to see how to determine a bill’s situation as to still alive, alive for signature, or out by death

On Thursday April 27, 2023
Are they in or out; Are they signed or killed?

How we classified 609 of 611 bills.
Two are unclassified but they haven’t been located yet

Some bills are easily identified as out: Postponed Indefinitely status is clear cut. Governor signed, Speaker signed, President signed – those statuses are clear cut. Those bills are finished; they’re out of our remaining bill list.

Introduced Bills/Committee Bills: When bills are in an “Introduced” state, they are still alive and kicking. They won’t be “done” until the session is over or their status changes to PI or Signed. When bills are sent to a Committee of the Whole, Appropriations, or some second committee, they are still alive and kicking.

Laid Over bills: These bills may or may not be done. Now that we’re almost at the end of the session, some Laid Over bills may end up done – laid over permanently. Other Laid Over bills may eventually get heard and move into the “done” category, either passed or failed. We’re leaving Laid Over bills as “live” until the the session is over when those still Laid Over formally turn deceased, or the bills are heard and either passed or failed. Second and Third Reading bills may be in the Laid Over category.

Third Reading Passed No Amendments: These are the trickiest to interpret. Bills Passed in Third Reading from the same chamber as the bill originated are generally still in the pass through phase. They must be heard by the other chamber and passed there to be “done.” Third Reading Passed No Amendments when a bill is passed by the second chamber means that the bill is “done” if the bill passed the second chamber’s committees with No Amendments. If the bill is passed Third Reading No Amendments but the bill was amended in committee by the second chamber, that bill has to go back to the first chamber to be re-passed because it changed in the second chamber.

Status Changes: Bills will change status every day as they move through the chambers or die. From now on, we’ll go through the Remaining Bills and move bills to the appropriate “done” profile depending on the bill’s fate. In an ideal world, the Remaining Bills category should decline in number, but if more bills are introduced, the Remaining Bills category may increase.

Bottom line: For bills to move on to the Governor, each chamber must pass the same bill, including with amendments. If there is a disagreement as to the language of the bill in either chamber, either the bill fails or the bill goes to conference committee to resolve differences. A bill that passes the second chamber with amendments must go back to the first chamber which can agree, the bill is passed, or disagree, the bill goes to conference, or the bill fails.

Source Colorado Capitol Watch –