Find links to various agencies below and explore your Colorado government. We can all do more to be well-educated voters and citizen lobbyists in 2021.
2021 may be a very interesting legislative year in regard to services for older adults. The more prepared and knowledgeable we are, the bigger voice and impact we will have as we watch the 2021 Legislative Session move forward.
Consider signing up for eNewsletters from government agencies that interest you and make sure your are receiving emails from elected officials serving your district.
Colorado Legislature will Delay its Full Return
“The General Assembly was originally set to reconvene for the 2021 lawmaking term on January 13th and work uninterrupted into May. Instead, lawmakers will ‘gavel in’ on that date and address urgent business, including the swearing in new members, before ‘gaveling out’ after a few days.”
“The plan is to return in full on February 16th to carry out the rest of the 120-day lawmaking term. Gov. Jared Polis’ State of the State address will be delayed until February as well, his office said …”
– Colorado legislature will delay its full 2021
Find your Legislator and Sign up for their eNewsletter
The Colorado General Assembly website has an easy to use “Find My Legislator” web page – HOWEVER … the Find My Legislator web page will not be updated with new Legislators elected in fall of 2020, until the day the Colorado General Assembly convenes, which is January 13, 2021. For now, it still has the “previous” legislators.
– Find My Legislator
Colorado General Assembly Website
This is one of the most important websites that you should know your way around. Take the time to explore the sections from finding your legislator to finding a bill to “watch and listen” when the legislature is in session.
– Colorado General Assembly Website
Colorado Governor Jared Polis
Visit the Governor’s website to learn more about policies and initatives.
– Sign up for the Governor’s newsletters
State Agencies in Colorado
On the Colorado.gov website you can find a list of the major state agencies that serve citizens. When you click to their web pages off the directory look around for their link to sign up for a newsletter from that agency.
Some examples of State Agencies
- Department of Health Care Policy & Financing – The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing strives to communicate effectively with our providers, stakeholders and members. Please choose all correspondence you would like to receive by checking the appropriate boxes below. Department of Health Care Policy & Financing Newsletters
- The Division of Housing (DOH) – DOH supports projects ranging from homelessness prevention to homeownership – Division of Housing (DOH) Newsletters
Register to be a Volunteer Lobbyist
While we don’t yet know exactly how advocacy organizations will be performing their work in the 2021 session, it only takes a couple of minutes to complete and send in the Volunteer Lobbyist form and voila! You are registered and ready for any eventuality
– View Volunteer Lobbyist Form
– Review guidelines for professional and volunteer lobbyists
Learn about Political Parties in Colorado
The Colorado Secretary of State website lists major and minor political parties in Colorado
– Major and Minor Political Parties in Colorado
Colorado Secretary of State
From registering to vote, to searching for a business or charity and much more, get to know what the Colorado Secretary of State does. There is a link on their home page to sign up for eNewsletters.
– Colorado Secretary of State Website