HB19-1184: Demographic Notes For Certain Legislative Bills

The bill requires the staff of the legislative council to prepare demographic notes on legislative bills in each regular session of the general assembly. The speaker of the house of representatives, the minority leader of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the minority leader of the senate are authorized to request 5 demographic notes each, or more at the discretion of the director of research of the legislative council.

The bill requires the staff of the legislative council to meet with the member of leadership requesting the demographic note and with the sponsor of the legislative bill to discuss whether a demographic note can practically be completed for that legislative bill. If not, the member of leadership may request a demographic note, within the limits specified in the bill, on a different legislative bill that might be more conducive to a demographic note’s analysis.

A demographic note is defined as a note that uses available data to outline the potential effects of a legislative measure on disparities within the state. Disparities means the difference in economic, employment, health, education, or public safety outcomes between the state population as a whole and subgroups of the population defined by relevant characteristics for which data is available, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and geography.

The bill requires the director of research of the legislative council to develop the procedures for requesting, completing, and updating the demographic notes and to memorialize the procedures in a letter to the executive committee of the legislative council. The director may seek and expend gifts, grants, or donations to pay for training for staff.

Finally, the bill requires each state department, agency, or institution to cooperate with and provide information for a demographic note of a legislative bill in the manner requested by the staff of the legislative council.

Learn More: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1184

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