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2022 Colorado State Legislative Session

 

  • Democrat/Republican split in House of Representatives: 41/24
  • Democrat/Republican split in the Senate: 20/15
  • Number of bills, resolutions, and memorials introduced: 717
  • Number of bills signed by the Governor as of May 11, 2022: 130
  • Number of bills vetoed as of May 11, 2022: 0
  • Last day for the Governor to act: June 6, 2022
  • 448 committee meetings were held, 4,651 in person witnesses testified, and 6,016 remote witnesses testified 

 

The 2022 legislative session has adjourned Sine Die on May 11. The second session of the 73rd General Assembly was called to order on January 12 and the expiration of the emergency public health order meant that unlike the previous two years, the legislature was again required to meet for no more than 120 consecutive days. 

 

Leadership Changes

In late February, Majority Leader Steve Fenberg was nominated by his peers to take the highest position as Senate President and Senator Dominick Moreno was nominated as Majority Leader following the departure of Senate President Leroy Garcia. Senator Nick Hinrichsen was appointed to SD 3 by a vacancy committee and was sworn in after Garcia’s departure. Senator Rachel Zenzinger replaced Senator Moreno on the Joint Budget Committee and Senator Jeff Bridges was appointed as Chair of Senate Education. 

 

Looking Ahead

This legislative session largely represented a return to “normal” with fewer COVID disruptions except for the first few weeks and the final two weeks, when many members had to work remotely due to positive COVID tests. At the same time that they were juggling hundreds of bills, members were also looking ahead to the November elections, with many legislative districts becoming more competitive in 2022 due to redistricting. All 65 members of the state House are up for reelection and 17 of the 35 members of the state Senate. There will be significant turnover next session, 15 members of the House won’t be returning and nine members are seeking seats in the Senate, similarly, nine members of the Senate won’t return next year and one is seeking a seat in the House. Primary Elections will be held June 28, 2022 and the General Election is November 8, 2022.

 

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