by Patrick Byrne, CSCUSA Public Affairs Manager
Today marks the first day of the second session of the 69th Colorado General Assembly. Every year, for 120 days between January and May one hundred citizen legislators convene at the State Capitol in Denver to create public policy, revise and repeal laws that are outdated, and create new laws to address the changing needs and priorities of our society.
Whether it’s transportation policy, water law, public safety issues, or a host of other policy concerns, what goes on at the Capitol directly affects Colorado’s ski resorts and its skiers and snowboarders. One part of the mission of Colorado Ski Country USA is to represent our resorts in discussions with government agencies and elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels. By uniting 21 Colorado ski resorts to speak with one voice, we are very effective at making sure that the concerns and interests of Colorado’s skiing and snowboarding population are heard and respected by policymakers.
From now until May, you will periodically see legislative updates on Club Colorado. We want to ensure that our readership is well-informed about issues that can potentially affect the quality of their skiing and snowboarding experience, both positive and negative, so that you can get involved. Grassroots participation is the lifeblood of representative democracy, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or concerns about what’s happening at the Capitol and how it might affect our state’s signature winter sport.