About These Records
The Colorado State Archives services a variety of records useful as resources for legislative information and intent of a Colorado law. A specific statement of intent is generally not published for Colorado laws; therefore a researcher must determine this by using a multitude of sources available.
Legislative Records at the Archives consist of:
- Copies of the bills as originally drafted and as amended and passed
- Audio recordings of committee hearings and floor debates in the Legislature
- Legislative summaries of the committee hearings
- Revised statutes
- House and Senate Journals
How to Find Information
After passage of the Colorado Sunshine Law in 1973, Legislative Committee Hearings and Floor Sessions were to be recorded and made available to the public. These audio recordings are available for research purposes at the Colorado State Archives. The legislature does not transcribe the audio recordings.
Below are the dates that legislative records are available:
1973-2001 Available in CD format only at the Archives●
2002-2011 Listening available by appointment at the Archives and available in
2012-Present Listening available online at the Colorado General Assembly webpage.
●Due to technical difficulties and deterioration of the tapes over time, some sessions were not recorded or are inaudible. Also, because of the rapid deterioration of both the tapes and machines to play them on, un-transferred hearings before 2002 must be transferred by trained archival staff to compact disc. If the bill in question has already been transferred to compact disc, then an appointment may be made to listen at the Archives.
To schedule an appointment to use the audio listening devices, please Contact the Archives. No appointment is necessary to view written material