2017 Legislative Update
The 2017 Session of the Colorado General Assembly kicks off today. One of the significant accomplishments of the legislature so far is the new, greatly improved website for the General Assembly. It is much more user friendly and provides MAC members with an easy tool for searching for bills regarding mediation, ADR or any other subject. MAC members can easily access contact information, committee assignments and bill sponsorship for all legislators, including their own. The website also includes information regarding the rules of the legislature, current law, the workings of the capital and other interesting features.
Looking ahead to the 2017, there will be several bills of interest to MAC members including Senator Kefalas' Manufactured Home Community Bill, legislation that has support on both sides of the aisle that would encourage mediation in Colorado Open Records Act disputes and possibly another version of legislation to broaden the use of mediation in HOA disputes. Other bills related to mediation may be in the hopper but it is hard to get a real picture of all the legislation that will be introduced until the session it going. It is anticipated that Conflict Resolution Month legislation will be passed again this year and that both the General Assembly and the Governor will issue proclamations designating October as Conflict Resolution month. Part of that process is a visit for MAC members and other CR Month supporters to the floor of the House and the Senate where we get thanks for the great work we do. Any MAC members interested in participating in this day at the capital should contact me and we will put you on the list. The date for this event is TBD.
Please contact Mike Maday, Chair of the MAC Legislative Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719.650.1782, if you want to get involved in mediation related issues during the 2017 Legislative Session.
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