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DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission.

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    Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform learn more

  • Colorado Sunrise

    Sunrise Reviews of Unregulated Occupations learn more

  • Books and Gavel

    Rules and Regulations learn more

  • Mountain Sunset

    Sunset Reviews of State Agencies, Boards and Functions learn more

 

The Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform is the research arm of the Executive Director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies.

Duties of the Office include:

  • Prepare advisory committee reviews
  • Prepare sunrise and sunset reviews
  • Conduct reviews of proposals for mandatory continuing education
  • Conduct rule review activities

We hope that you find our website helpful. If you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to e-mail our Office.

The Office reviews and analyzes advisory committees’ composition, mission and accomplishments to determine whether there is a need for their continued existence.

The General Assembly finds:

  • Advisory committees are beneficial to government since they help involve private citizens in the daily operations of government and provide the government with a system for utilizing the expertise of its citizens. 

An advisory committee's composition, mission and accomplishments are reviewed according to a statutory schedule to determine whether the committee has fulfilled its statutory mandate(s) and whether there is a need for its continued existence.
 

   

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    Anyone may complete and submit a Sunrise Application to request regulation of a previously unregulated occupation or profession. A sunrise review examines whether or not there is a need to create a new regulatory program in order to protect the public. Statutory criteria are used to evaluate all applications. The review process involves, among other things, soliciting and receiving input from interested parties and stakeholders. Importantly, anyone can contact DORA to provide input on a review. There is no need to wait to be contacted by DORA.

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    State agencies are reviewed according to a statutory review schedule and according to statutory criteria. A sunset review discusses whether the agency under review should be continued without changes, continued with changes or terminated. The review process involves, among other things, soliciting and receiving input from interested parties and stakeholders. Importantly, anyone can contact DORA to provide input on a review. There is no need to wait to be contacted by DORA.

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    The review processes involve, among other things, soliciting and receiving input from interested parties and stakeholders.  Importantly, anyone can contact DORA to provide input on a review.  There is no need to wait to be contacted by DORA.

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    An agency may be continued for up to 15 years following a Sunset review. However, if significant statutory changes are made subsequent to the review, it is typical for the next Sunset review to be scheduled within three to five years to determine whether the statutory changes have been implemented and if they are resulting in the intended benefits.

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    The Colorado General Assembly schedules agencies, boards and functions for Sunset review.  Not all state agencies are reviewed through the Sunset process.

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    Sunset reviews are comprehensive reviews of entire agencies, boards or functions and are conducted according to nine statutory criteria. Advisory committee reviews, on the other hand, are not guided by statutory criteria. Rather, advisory committee records are reviewed to determine whether the committee has fulfilled its statutory mandates and whether there is a need for it going forward.

The Office reviews and analyzes proposals for new mandatory continuing education requirements.

Any group or association proposing a mandatory continuing education requirement or a continuing competency requirement that includes mandatory continuing education, for any regulated occupation or profession, in any bill before the General Assembly, must first submit information concerning the need for such a requirement to the Department of Regulatory Agencies.

 

 

 

The Office evaluates proposed rules to determine if a cost-benefit analysis should be performed by the agency proposing the rules.

The General Assembly finds:

  • Many government programs may be adopted without stating the direct and indirect costs to consumers and businesses and without consideration of such costs in relation to the benefits to be derived from the programs.

  • Agency action taken without evaluation of its economic impact may have unintended effects, which may include barriers to competition, reduced economic efficiency, reduced consumer choice, increased producer and consumer costs, and restrictions on employment.

  • Agency rules can negatively impact the state's business climate by impeding the ability of local businesses to compete with out-of-state businesses, by discouraging new or existing businesses from moving to this state, and by hindering economic competitiveness and job creation.

Accordingly, it is the continuing responsibility of agencies to analyze the economic impact of agency actions and reevaluate the economic impact of continuing agency actions to determine whether the actions promote the public interest.

 

A sunrise review examines whether or not there is a need to regulate a previously unregulated occupation or profession. Statutory criteria are used to evaluate all proposals for new regulatory programs.

The General Assembly finds:

  • Regulation should be imposed on an occupation or profession only when necessary for the protection of the public interest.

  • Establishing a system for reviewing the necessity of regulating an occupation or profession prior to enacting laws for such regulation will better enable it to evaluate the need for the regulation and to determine the least restrictive regulatory alternative consistent with the public interest.

State agencies are reviewed according to a statutory review schedule and according to statutory criteria. A sunset review discusses whether the agency under review should be continued without changes, continued with changes or terminated.

The General Assembly finds:

  • State government actions have produced a substantial increase in numbers of agencies, growth of programs, and proliferation of rules and regulations and that the whole process developed without sufficient legislative oversight, regulatory accountability, or a system of checks and balances.

  • Regulatory agencies tend to become unnecessarily restrictive.

  • By establishing a system for the termination, continuation, or reestablishment of such agencies and by providing for the analysis and evaluation of such agencies to determine the least restrictive regulation consistent with the public interest, it will be in a better position to evaluate the need for the continued existence of existing and future regulatory bodies.

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