Colorado State Resource Center
Colorado Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Colorado Attorney General is one of four independently elected statewide offices in Colorado. The Attorney General and the Department of Law (collectively referred to as the Colorado Attorney Generalís Office or AGO), represents and defends the legal interests of the people of the State of Colorado and its sovereignty. The AGO has primary authority for enforcement of consumer protection and antitrust laws, prosecution of criminal appeals and some complex white-collar crimes, the Statewide Grand Jury, training and certification of peace officers, and certain natural resource and environmental matters.
The Governor of the State of Colorado is the head of the executive branch of Colorado's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Colorado General Assembly, to convene the legislature, and to grant pardons, except in cases of treason or impeachment.
- Lt. Governor
The lieutenant governor of Colorado is the second-highest-ranking member of the executive department of the Colorado state government, below only the Governor of Colorado. The lieutenant governor, who acts as governor in his absence and succeeds to the governorship in case of vacancy, is elected on a partisan ticket with the governor.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State serves as the chief executive of an office that oversees and administers many laws including Colorado's business and commercial statutes pertaining to profit and nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, trade names, secured transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code and miscellaneous liens, Colorado Election Code, Voter Registration Law, Campaign Finance Laws, Lobbyist Regulation, Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act, Bingo and Raffles Laws, and Notaries Public Laws. These varied duties are divided primarily among the Business, Elections, and Licensing Divisions.
- State Auditor
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is an independent government agency that was established to promote operational efficiency and to ensure accountability of government agencies. The Colorado Constitution provides the OSA with the authority "to conduct postaudits of all financial transactions and accounts kept by or for all departments, offices, agencies, and institutions of state government... and to perform related duties with respect to such political subdivisions of the state as shall be required by law." In addition to conducting performance and financial audits of all state agencies, departments, and institutions, the OSA oversees audits conducted by independent audit firms of all of Colorado's local government entities.
- State Controller
The Office of the State Controller (OSC), manages the financial affairs of the State of Colorado. OSC promulgates the State Fiscal Rules, performs statewide financial reports, maintains liaisons with state agency financial personnel, oversees the state end-of-year financial close, manages the state contracting process, manages the state fraud hotline, performs target audit and review activities, maintains central aspects of the stateís financial system, manages central payroll functions, and generally establishes policy relating to the stateís financial affairs.
- State of Colorado
Colorado encompasses most of the Southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. Colorado.gov is Colorado state government's official source for online services and information. On this site, one can access any of the more than 250 state entities, search for a current bill, contact Colorado's elected representative, or learn more about the state's official boards and commissions.
- State Treasurer
The Treasury is the constitutional custodian of the public's funds. It is the Treasury's duty to manage and account for the citizen's tax dollars from the time they are received until the time they are disbursed. The State Treasurer and staff serve the citizens of Colorado by providing banking, investment, and accounting services for all funds and assets deposited in the Treasury. It is organized into five different operating sections: Accounting, Investments, Cash Management, and Administration. The Treasurer is also responsible for managing the state's unclaimed property division - The Great Colorado Payback.
Colorado Legislative Branch
- Colorado General Assembly
The Colorado General Assembly is the state legislature of the State of Colorado. The General Assembly is bicameral, composed of the Colorado House of Representatives and the Colorado Senate. The House has 65 members and the Senate 35. Members of the House are elected to 2-year terms, and members of the Senate are elected to 4-year terms.
Colorado Court Rules and Forms
- Colorado Bankruptcy Rules and Procedures
Colorado Bankruptcy Rules, Procedures, Orders & Opinions. Provides links and information for Official Bankruptcy Forms; Local Bankruptcy Rules; General Procedure Orders; Standing Orders of Individual Judges; Standard Chambers Procedures; Opinions; and Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Information, Rules and Procedures.
- Colorado Rules and Regs for Continuing Legal Education
Colorado Suprement Court - Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education. General Information about Continuing Legal Education, Rules and Regulations and Colorado CLE Accredited Course Lists.
- Colorado State Court Forms
Colorado State Judicial Branch. Links to information and Court Forms for the following categories: Adoption, Appeals, County Civil, Criminal, District Civil, Domestic/Family, Filing Fees, Juvenile, Miscellaneous, Paternity, Probate, Protection Orders, Small Claims, and Water.
- Colorado Supreme Court Rules Changes
Links to Adopted & Proposed Rule Changes.
- Colorado U.S. District Court Forms
United States District Court for the District of Colorado Forms. Links to information and forms (pdf & rtf format) for the following. Civil Forms: Attorney Information; Collection Proceedings; Filing a Civil Action; Special Proceedings; Appeal Proceedings; Standardized Order Forms; Social Security Proceedings; and Miscellaneous Forms/Information. Criminal Forms: Attorney Information; Criminal Bonds; Procedural Waivers; Special Proceedings; and Miscellaneous Forms/Information.
- Colorado U.S. District Court Rules
Local Rules of Practice.
- Colorado, Denver County Court Rules
Local Rules. County Court Local Rules.
Colorado Judicial Branch
- Colorado Courts
Colorado's State Court System consists of the Colorado Supreme Court, Colorado Court of Appeals and the Trial Courts (District Courts, County Courts, and Water Courts).
- Colorado Supreme Court Library
The Library's mission is to support the research needs of the Colorado Judicial Branch primarily the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals. It also supports the judges and staff located in the judicial districts and county courts throughout the State of Colorado. Secondarily, the library is open to members of the Bar and general public.
Colorado Executive Branch
- College Invest
College Invest is a not-for-profit division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The goal is to help students get an education beyond high school. The focus is on providing expert information, simple planning tools, scholarships, savings plans and low-cost student and parent loans.
- Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration - Finance and Procurement
The State Purchasing Office (SPO) promulgates the stateís procurement rules (other than bridge and highway construction), handles vendor appeals related to bid protest decisions, sources and administers the stateís 300 price agreements, maintains the on-line solicitation publication system for all statewide competitive procurements, conducts procurements for various state departments, manages the stateís procurement card program, conducts statewide training in public procurement, runs the small business development program for state procurement, and performs oversight and generally establishes policy relating to public procurement by the State of Colorado.
- Colorado Geological Survey
One of the Geological Survey's primary efforts is to help people live safely with the multitude of geological hazards that Coloradoís spectacular geology creates when people move into nature. It is required by statute to review geologic reports done for new developments in unincorporated parts of counties, and for all new school construction or critical facilities.
- Colorado Historical Society
The Colorado Historical Society is a state agency that collects, preserves and interprets the history of Colorado and the West through museum exhibits, programs, research facilities, and historic preservation.
- Colorado Libraries Collaborate
Colorado Libraries Collaborate! provides FREE access to library resources for library users of all CLC member libraries. Currently all public, most school districts, academic and a number of special libraries are members. CLC unlocks vast library collections across the state, expands library services at no additional cost and provides free access to more resources than any single library can provide.
- Colorado Lottery
In 1982, the General Assembly approved a bill implementing a state-supervised lottery. The bill created the Colorado Lottery as a division of the Colorado Department of Revenue, with a director appointed by the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue. The Lottery has programs and policies to address problem gambling. The Lottery initiated a "Play Responsibly" campaign that includes point-of-sale at retailers, brochures, and ticket messages urging players to play responsibly.
- Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) offers a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level. They include business retention and relocation services, business finance and incentive programs, the Colorado Tourism Office, the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Colorado International Trade Office, the Colorado Small Business Development Centers, minority and women-owned business services and economic research.
- Colorado State Archives
The mission of the Colorado State Archives is to ensure the preservation of the state's permanent legal records and information and to promote their use by the citizens of Colorado. Records management, archives management and micrographics quality control are administrative functions provided to state and local government agencies in Colorado to ensure the preservation of Colorado's permanent legal and historical records. Information and research functions provide for citizen access to public records created by the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government.
- Colorado State Library
The Colorado State Library provides leadership and expertise to develop libraries and deliver information services throughout Colorado, improving the ability of libraries to serve their users. CSL staff provide consulting and training in areas such as 21st Century learners, strategic planning, library law, children's services, and state institutional library services. They also manage statewide electronic services such as AskColorado and SWIFT Interlibrary loan.
- Colorado State Parks
At Colorado State Parks, they aim to provide a spectrum of safe, quality recreation experiences for their visitors while effectively managing the natural resources under their authority. They provide these services through the following statewide programs: Boating Program; OHV Program; Snowmobile Program; Colorado State Parks Volunteer Program; Trails Program; Natural Areas Program; Resource Stewardship Section; Land and Water Conservation Fund; and River Outfitter Licensing.
- Colorado Tourism
Colorado's 10 national parks and monuments, 13 national forest and grasslands and 42 state parks provide abundant opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, whether itís hiking along vista-laden trails, mountain biking through evergreen forests, fishing crystalline streams, rafting tumbling rivers or photographing our native wildlife. Complete with travel-planning tools, articles, information on cities and towns, Colorado state maps, itineraries and more, Colorado.com is your one-stop vacation planner.
- Colorado's Integrated Criminal Justice Information System
CICJIS is an independent program that relies on the equal participation of the five CICJIS agencies - CBI, CDAC, Judicial, CDOC and DYC. It is a collaborative program designed to facilitate information sharing at key decision points in the criminal justice process across the boundaries of organizations and jurisdictions among the State criminal justice agencies to enhance public safety, improve decision making, increase productivity and improve access to information.
- Department of Agriculture
The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is committed to strengthening and advancing Colorado's agriculture industry, ensuring a safe, high quality, and sustainable food supply, and protecting consumers, the environment, and natural resources. Under the direction of the Commissioner of Agriculture, the CDA provides several different regulatory, inspection, marketing, consumer protection and other services across the state.
- Department of Corrections
The Colorado Department of Corrections is a state agency of Colorado that operates state prisons. It has its headquarters in El Paso County, Colorado.
- Department of Education
CDE is the administrative arm of the Colorado State Board of Education. CDE serves Colorado's 178 local school districts, providing them with leadership, consultation and administrative services on a statewide and regional basis. CDE is comprised of over 40 units, 25 different programs and 300-plus staff members, all pursuing the Department's Organizational Commitment.
- Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing administers the Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus programs as well as a variety of other programs for Colorado's low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities.
- Department of Human Services
CDHS oversees the stateís 64 county departments of social/human services, the stateís public mental health system, Coloradoís system of services for people with developmental disabilities, the stateís juvenile corrections system and all state and veteransí nursing homes, through more than 5,000 employees and thousands of community-based service providers.
- Department of Labor and Employment
The Department of Labor and Employment provides information and services related to Unemployment, Wage and Employment Laws, Job Hunt Tools, Workers' Compensation and Oil and Public Safety.
- Department of Local Affairs
Click here for Susan's bio. For many communities throughout Colorado, the Department of Local Affairs is the "face of state government" - that initial and primary point of contact where local communities work in partnership with the state. The department's mission statement, "Strengthening Colorado Communities," exemplifies the level of responsiveness and attentiveness that lies at the heart of their services.
- Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
The Colorado Department of Military & Veterans Affairs consists of the following divisions: Military Affairs; Army National Guard; Air National Guard; Civil Air Patrol; Veterans Affairs; and the Veterans Memorial Cemetary.
- Department of Natural Resources
The Colorado Department of Natural Resources was created with a mission to develop, preserve and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors.
- Department of Personnel and Administration
The Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA) provides centralized human resources, information, tools, resources and materials needed for Colorado state government to function. The Department provides the infrastructure by which the rest of state government operates. The Department's customer base is three-fold; DPA serves state agencies, state employees, and the public.
- Department of Public Health and Environment
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is committed to protecting and preserving the health and environment of the people of Colorado.
- Department of Public Safety
CDPS is one of Colorado state government's youngest departments. Nearly all of their component divisions existed in some form before the actual creation of the department, however. The Colorado State Patrol was a division of the Department of Highways -- now CDOT. The Division of Criminal Justice had been part of the Department of Local Affairs. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation was part of the Department of Law before CDPS was established. The only new office created along with CDPS in 1984 was the Division of Fire Safety. When it was created, DFS consisted of one member.
- Department of Regulatory Agencies
DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission.
- Department of Revenue
The mission of the Department of Revenue is to provide exceptional service in an effective and innovative manner that instills public confidence while fulfilling their duties to collect revenues, responsibly license and regulate qualified persons and entities, increase productivity, and assure the vigorous and fair enforcement of the laws of Colorado. The department consists of the following divisions: Motor Vehicle; Taxation; Lottery; and Enforcement (Auto Industry, Gaming, Hearings, Liquor and Tobacco and Racing).
- Department of Transportation
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is responsible for the state's highway system, including its bridges. CDOT's mission is to enhance the quality of life and the environment of the citizens of Colorado by creating an integrated transportation system that focuses on moving people and goods by offering convenient linkages among modal choices.
- Division of Banking
The Division of Banking is responsible for the regulation of state chartered commercial banks, trust companies, industrial banks, and money transmitters; holds charter and license application hearings and issues rules and regulations affecting regulated institutions; staff conducts examinations of state chartered institutions and licensees; works closely with the Federal Reserve Bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the regulation of commercial banks and industrial banks and certain federally insured trust companies; and, is responsible for the enforcement of the Public Deposit Protection Act to protect public entity deposits held by state and national banks.
- Division of Emergency Management
The Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is responsible for the state's comprehensive emergency management program which supports local and state agencies. Activities and services cover the four phases of emergency management: Preparedness, Prevention, Response, and Recovery for disasters like flooding, tornadoes, wildfire, hazardous materials incidents, and acts of terrorism.
- Governor's Energy Office - Recharge Colorado
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., issued an Executive Order on April 16, 2007, re-creating the Governorís Office of Energy Management and Conservation as the Governorís Energy Office (GEO). The GEOís mission is to lead Colorado to a New Energy Economy by advancing energy efficiency and renewable, clean energy resources.
- Governor's Office of Information Technology
The purpose of the Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is to increase the effectiveness of government through the use of shared information and technology. Information technology will be used to maximize the efficiency of service delivery and will operate as a seamless enterprise, delivering consistent, cost-effective, reliable, accessible and secure services that satisfy the needs of the citizens of Colorado, its business communities, and its public sector agencies.
Colorado Boards and Commissions
- Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs
The Commission of Indian Affairs was designed to be the official liaison between the two Ute Tribes and the State of Colorado. There are 11 members of the Commission, including the Lieutenant Governor, the Executive Director of the Department of Human Services, Public Health and Environment, Natural Resources, and Local Affairs; two official representatives each from Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes and two at-large members who are selected by the commission at its first meeting and annually thereafter.
- Colorado Commission on Higher Education
By coordinating policy and state resources for the state's 28 public institutions as well as several hundred proprietary schools and overseeing two key loan programs, the Department seeks to ensure that higher education is accessible and affordable to all Coloradoans. The Department helps bring cultural and artistic education opportunities to citizens in each of Colorado's 64 counties.
- Colorado Council on the Arts
Colorado Council on the Arts. The mission of the Colorado Council on the Arts is to promote the cultural, educational and economic growth of Colorado through development of its arts and cultural heritage.
- Colorado Film Commission
The Colorado Film Commission is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help filmmakers from in-state, out-of-state, and throughout the world find the resources they need for a successful shoot in Colorado.
- Colorado's Boards and Commissions - Governor's Office
Governor of Colorado website link to Colorado Boards and Commissions.
- Public Utilities Commission
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission serves the public interest by effectively regulating utilities and facilities so that the people of Colorado receive safe, reliable, and reasonably-priced services consistent with the economic, environmental and social values of our state.