Sep 8, 2021 - Politics

By the numbers: New laws take effect in Colorado

2021 Colorado legislative session votes
Reproduced from The Colorado Sun; Chart: Axios Visuals

The dust has settled at the state Capitol on the 2021 legislative session.

State of play: 169 bills approved by the General Assembly became law on Tuesday.

All told, the Democratic-led legislature passed 508 bills. Gov. Jared Polis vetoed four. (Note: Prior reports that 502 bills won approval were incorrect.)

  • The number of new laws amounts to the most significant legislative overhaul in Colorado in more than two decades.

What's new: The laws now in effect include:

Between the lines: The vast majority of laws approved this year — 94% — won bipartisan support in the House or Senate, according to a Colorado Sun analysis.

Yes, but: Partisanship is alive and well in Colorado.

  • 28 of those 472 bipartisan bills only won a single Republican vote.
  • Only 3 Republicans voted yes at least 80% of the time.
  • 5 Democrats voted against their party more than 1% of the time.

Be smart: The influence-peddling at the Capitol once again reached new highs as organizations, companies and nonprofits spent a record $44 million on lobbying state lawmakers for the year ending June 30, a separate Sun breakdown found.

  • That’s an 8% increase from the prior year, led by the health care and pharmaceutical industries, which spent nearly $10 million on lobbying.
  • The Partnership for America's Health Care Future Action was the top spender at $790,000. The group helped neuter a measure to create a single-payer government health insurance plan.

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Denver.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Denver stories

No stories could be found


Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Denver.


Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more