Legislative Session Notable for More Losses Than Wins

by Ali Manor

Lobbyists see success in quiet bills, stymied by split legislature

By Tony Flesor

LAW WEEK COLORADO

The 2016 legislative session is being noted for the bills that failed more than the bills that succeeded. Government affairs lawyers agreed that the failures were more noteworthy in a session marked by unfulfilled promises, but there were significant wins, and now, lawyers are looking to the offseason.

The losses

Prior to the start of the session, many expected to see another attempt at construction defects reform, and resolution to the hospital provider fee TABOR debate.

Cole Finegan, regional managing partner at Hogan Lovells’ Denver office, said the failures stand out to him more than the successes in this session. Though not speaking on behalf of the firm or any of its clients, Finegan said the state’s reliance on the ballot is harming legislative efforts.

“Thoughtful people should be troubled with the developments of our republican government,” Finegan said. He said from his perspective, the state’s leaders ceded too much control to the referendum process and are turning the tough decisions over to the voters rather than handling them themselves.

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