Colorado Legislative Council Staff


Drafting Number:

Prime Sponsor(s):

LLS 98-472

Rep. Pfiffner


Bill Status:

Fiscal Analyst:

January 5, 1998


Janis Baron (866-3523)



Summary of Legislation

            The bill declares the General Assembly’s findings that it is within the parent’s role to direct the upbringing, values, and behavior of the parent’s children, and this parental authority supersedes and preempts any governmental power to make decisions for a parent’s children. Additionally, it makes exceptions to these principles for certain legal proceedings and activities: criminal or juvenile delinquency enforcement; criminal incarceration; dependency and neglect; adoption, paternity, and termination of parental rights; child custody, child support, and parenting time; and matters preempted by federal law.

            The bill is effective at 12:01 a.m. on the day following the ninety-day period after adjournment sine die of the General Assembly, or on the date of the official declaration of the vote of the people as proclaimed by the Governor, if a referendum petition is filed pursuant to Article V, Section 1 (3) of the State Constitution.

            The bill states the role of parents relative to that of government in family life. The bill does not place any additional requirements on either state or local governments, nor does it reduce the role of government in certain legal proceedings as noted above. Therefore, the bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact.

Departments Contacted

            Human Services