Advocacy & Legal



CML Advocacy Team

Heather Stauffer, legislative advocacy manager
Heather covers the following issues: building codes; natural resources and environment; elections; governmental immunity; oil and gas; open meetings/open records; severance tax/FML/energy impact; water and wastewater/water quality; and wildfire.

Meghan MacKillop, legislative and policy advocate
Meghan's issues include transportation and transit; public health; substance abuse; affordable housing; land use and annexation; air quality; sustainability; and municipal courts.

Mollie Steinemann, legislative and policy advocate
Mollie's issues include beer and liquor; marijuana/hemp; public safety; criminal justice; purchasing; special districts; and immigration. 



Laws Enacted

Laws Enacted Cover2023 Colorado Laws Enacted Affecting Municipal Governments is now available. Past editions are available here.  




Statehouse Report

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Legal Services

CML's legal team provides a broad variety of legal support to its members including trainings, an amicus curiae program, publications, an attorney listserv, model ordinances and policies, and general inquiry support. Read more about CML's legal services here.


Amicus Library


CML advocates in support of municipal interests in state and federal courts. The CML legal team maintains an amicus curiae program. You can also visit our amicus brief library dating back to 1950.


Amicus Update

December 19, 2022

The Colorado Supreme Court held in favor of municipalities in cases involving term limits of municipal officials and deadlines for challenging municipal actions. In Kulmann v. Salazar, the Court held that the office of mayor in the City of Thornton was distinct from the office of councilmember for purposes of term limits. In Walker Commercial v. Brown, the Court held that court rules set a strict deadline of 28 days to challenge an official decision under Rule of Civil Procedure 106, without exception for excusable neglect.


Legal Corner

Aug 26 newsletter

CML's legal team provides regular commentary on municipal legal issues in CML's biweekly newsletter. Read CML's legal corners here.



Municipal Law Update

muni law update thumbnailCML's legal team provides members with a monthly summary of state and federal legal decisions, administrative rulemakings, and legal news involving municipalities. Reach out to Melissa Mata if you would like to receive the Municipal Law Update.