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Legislative Affairs

Colorado State Capitol Building

The Department of Higher Education is a key stakeholder in representing the voices of students and institutions at the Colorado State Capitol. The Department works with all legislators to advance our shared interests. Most importantly, we work with the Joint Budget Committee to set the state appropriation budget for all public institutions of higher education, which directly impacts tuition and other services for students. With the help of Department, the General Assembly has passed numerous bills to help erase racial equity gaps in higher education and increase student success support systems.

Legislative Leaders at a Press Conference

Under the leadership of Dr. Angie Paccione and with the support of Governor Jared Polis and public institutions of higher education, Colorado continues to lead the nation in higher education policy.

For more information on our budget requests, legislative agenda and state laws impacting higher education, please contact Carla Blanc, Legislative Liaison, at

2023 Legislative Session

2022 Legislative Session

2021 Legislative Session

Legislative Resources

General Assembly Website
Session Schedule

JBC Audio
JBC Schedule

Senate Education Committee
House Education Committee
Capital Development Committee

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