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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.

Executive Branch Officers

The Executive Branch is the largest branch of government in Colorado and is responsible for executing and enforcing the laws of Colorado.  The duties, functions, and structure of the Executive Branch are defined by Article IV of the Colorado Constitution and further defined by Title 24 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.  Accordingly, the Executive Branch includes the following officers:

Governor: The Governor is charged with taking care that the laws of the State are faithfully executed.  The Governor's other powers include: receiving and conveying information about the condition of the state, convening special sessions of the legislature or senate, signing or vetoing bills, vetoing items in bills, and naming people to the state boards and commissions.

Lieutenant Governor: The Lt. Governor oversees some of the state boards and commissions and temporarily fills in for the Governor when the Governor is outside the State of Colorado or is otherwise unable to perform the gubernatorial obligations.

Secretary of State:  The Secretary of State oversees the elections and enforces the election laws of the state.  The Secretary of State is also charged with keeping and maintaining all the laws of Colorado, as well as bonds, books, records, maps, registers, and papers of a public character that are deposited with the state.

State Treasurer:  The State Treasurer receives and invests state funds and pays the bills of the state.  The State Treasurer must prepare quarterly reports regarding the state's finances and furnish other information regarding state funds when requested.

Attorney General:  The AG functions as legal counsel for the state and is responsible for providing legal counsel and advice to each department, division, board, bureau and agency of the state government other than the legislative branch.  The AG also represents the state in all legal actions and proceedings.

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