25. OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES OF COMMITTEES


(a) It shall be the duty of the committees of reference of the House and Senate, the Capital Development Committee, and the Joint Technology Committee to keep themselves advised of the activities, functions, problems, new developments, and budgets of the principal departments, divisions, sections, offices, agencies and specified operations and programs of the executive department and the judicial department of state government, and of instrumentalities of state government, which are within the subject-matter jurisdiction of each committee. The chair of a committee shall, from time to time, invite the principal personnel of the respective departments, divisions, sections, offices, agencies, operations, programs, and instrumentalities under the committee's jurisdiction to appear before the committee to keep members so advised. Such personnel shall also furnish the committee with additional information as may be requested.

(b) For purposes of implementing subsection (a) of this joint rule, the division of responsibilities of the principal departments and agencies among House and Senate committees of reference shall be as follows; except that, the listing of a department in this subsection (b) shall not prevent any House or Senate committee of reference, the Capital Development Committee, or the Joint Technology Committee from requesting or receiving information concerning a division, section, office, agency or specific operation or program within the subject-matter jurisdiction of the specified committee:

Senate CommitteeHouse Committee
Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Natural Resources including State Board of Land Commissioners
  • Colorado Energy Office
_________
Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources
  • Agriculture
  • Natural Resources including State Board of Land Commissioners
________
Business, Labor, and Technology
  • Labor and Employment
  • Personnel
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Economic Development
_________
Business Affairs and Labor
  • Labor and Employment
  • Personnel
  • Regulatory Agencies - except Division of Insurance and Division of Professions and Occupations Relating to Health Care Providers
  • Economic Development
________
Finance
  • Public Employees’ Retirement Association
  • Revenue
  • Treasury
  • State Planning and Budgeting
_________
Finance
  • Public Employees’ Retirement Association
  • Revenue
  • Treasury
  • State Planning and Budgeting
_________
Education
  • Education
  • Higher Education
__________
Education
  • Education
  • Higher Education
_________
Local Government
  • Local Affairs
________
Local Government
  • Local Affairs
________
State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
  • Military Affairs
  • State
________
State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
  • Military Affairs
  • State
________
Transportation
  • Transportation
  • Public Utilities Commission
________
Transportation and Energy
  • Transportation
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • Colorado Energy Office
________
Health and Human Services
  • Health Care Policy and Financing
  • Human Services
  • Public Health and Environment
  • Health Benefit Exchange
________
Health, Insurance, and Environment
  • Health Benefit Exchange
  • Regulatory Agencies - Division of Insurance and Division of Professions and Occupations Relating to Health Care Providers
  • Public Health and Environment
________
Judiciary
  • Corrections
  • Judicial
  • Law
  • Public Safety
  • State Public Defender
  • Alternate Defense Counsel
  • Office of the Child's Representative
  • Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
________
Judiciary
  • Corrections
  • Judicial
  • Law
  • Public Safety
  • State Public Defender
  • Alternate Defense Counsel
  • Office of the Child's Representative
  • Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
________
Public Health Care and Human Services
  • Human Services
  • Health Care Policy and Financing
________

(c) Committees of reference, the Capital Development Committee, and the Joint Technology Committee shall also be kept advised by staff members assigned thereto and by personnel of departments, divisions, sections, offices, agencies, operations, and programs and instrumentalities under their jurisdiction of new or proposed federal legislation, proposed uniform or model acts, suggested state legislation and compacts, and efforts in the area of interstate cooperation, which may affect their areas of responsibility.

(d) Prior to the thirtieth legislative day, the Joint Budget Committee members shall be available to provide the respective committees with assistance and to explain any Joint Budget Committee responses or recommendations regarding hearings before the Joint Budget Committee of all departments of state government that are within the subject-matter jurisdiction of each committee. After receiving any assistance and explanation from the Joint Budget Committee members, the chairmen of the committees shall communicate any concerns or comments regarding preparation of the long appropriation bill to the Joint Budget Committee members of that house.

(e) (1) Joint committees of reference shall also conduct the hearings required by and perform the duties specified in part 2 of article 7 of title 2, Colorado Revised Statutes.

(2) Unless otherwise designated by the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, for purposes of the hearings and duties required by part 2 of article 7 of title 2, Colorado Revised Statutes, the principal departments and agencies of state government shall be assigned to committees of reference as identified in subsection (b) of this Joint Rule; except that:

(A) The House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee, the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee, and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee shall meet together as a joint committee of reference.

(B) All divisions within the Department of Regulatory Agencies shall report to the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee and the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee.