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Colorado Administrative Law Research

This guide provides an overview of the Colorado executive branch and the law it produces through its regulations, agency decisions, and attorney general opinions.

Overview

The Executive Branch primarily makes law through its administrative agencies.  This law is called regulations, sometimes also called rules.  When an agency engages in this sort of lawmaking, it is referred to as rule-making.

Agencies can also generate law in the form of agency decisions.  Agencies can be given quasi-judicial authority to adjudicate claims arising from their regulations.  These decisions are written by administrative law judges but are subject to review by the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Acting as the state's lawyer, the Attorney General can issue opinions on legal matters brought to it.  These opinions can be on substantive matters or reviews on the formalistic legality of pending regulations.

Finally, the Governor may issue executive orders and other documents.

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