What to Know About Colorado's Rulemaking and Cost-Benefit Analysis Process
Did you know that Colorado was the first state to implement an official process for regular program review, known as the sunset process? It was heralded on the front page of the Wall Street Journal in 1976 as “a remarkable innovation in state government." A White House report released in August 2015 cited Colorado in the top 20 percent of states keeping burdens low for occupational licensing, and recognized its sunrise and sunset processes performed by DORA’s Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform.
COPRRR conducts sunrise reviews of proposals to create new professional and occupational regulatory programs and sunset reviews of existing government programs, as well as reviews proposals for new mandatory continuing education requirements. The office also provides a mechanism for citizens to receive Notices of Proposed Rulemaking in their areas of interest. When you sign up to receive Regulatory Notices, you are provided with information on the proposed rules, its public hearing and an effortless way to request that the rulemaking agency complete a cost-benefit analysis of the new or amended rules. Get more informed on the rulemaking process by reviewing our Citizen's Guide.
Definitions and Process