Advocacy & Legal
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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.
Jaclyn Terwey, legislative and policy advocate
Jaclyn's issues include historic preservation; economic development; employment and labor; taxation and fiscal policy; retirement/pensions; lottery and gaming; municipal debt and finance; telecom/broadband/IT; and utilities.
Mollie Steinemann, legislative and policy advocate
Mollie's issues include beer and liquor; marijuana/hemp; public safety; criminal justice; purchasing; special districts; and immigration.
2022 Colorado Laws Enacted Affecting Municipal Governments is now available. Past editions are available here.
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Legal ServicesCML'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.
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 UpdateDecember 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.
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
CML'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.