Happy February! We hope that your 2020 is off to a great start! Here are your public-law highlights:
- General Assembly convenes. Colorado’s 72nd General Assembly has begun! Expect to see discussion on a wide range of topics, including the death penalty, a public option, transportation funding, and paid family leave.
- Court steps down. State Senator Lois Court resigned after being diagnosed with a rare illness. Representative Chris Hansen was tapped to fill that spot, and just this week attorney Steven Woodrow was picked to take Hansen’s house seat. The Colorado Sun reports that now nearly 1 in 4 seats in our state legislature have been filled by a vacancy committee.
- SCOTUS grants cert in Colorado electors case. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case about whether presidential electors have the right to vote for the candidate of their choice in the Electoral College. The Justices are expected to hand down a decision by June 2020—in time for this year’s general election.
- STEM School Highlands Ranch security guard won’t face charges. Attorney Chris Jackson was interviewed on Next with Kyle Clark to discuss the district attorney’s decision not to charge a security guard who accidentally injured two students in connection with a school shooting.
Chris Jackson is a litigator at Sherman & Howard whose practice lies at the intersection of private and public law. He frequently writes and comments on appellate law, elections, and campaign finance (particularly in Colorado). Follow Chris on Twitter at @COAppeals.