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The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) is involved in both state and federal legislative issues, working closely with state and federal senators and representatives.
Throughout the year, the BCC provides legislators information on county priorities in transportation projects, services for children and families in need, and potential impacts proposed bills or ballot initiatives may have on county resources and operations.
To further represent interests of Jeffco citizens at local, state, and national levels the Jefferson County Commissioners are actively involved in two organizations that represent county interests in the State Legislature and US Congress: Colorado Counties, Inc., (CCI), and the National Association of Counties (NACo).
Because of the volume of legislation proposed each year that may impact county governments, the BCC contracts with lobbying firms for assistance.
In the last few years the Board of County Commissioners contracted with Lombard & Clayton to represent the county at the State Capital.
When the Legislature is not in session, Lombard & Clayton works with the Commissioners, County Administrator and staff to identify legislative issues the county should address. Those issues are then discussed with the county’s legislative representatives so they are aware of the county’s priorities.
Throughout the session, Lombard & Clayton helps identify proposed legislation that could have fiscal or operational impacts on the county. When the BCC takes a position on a bill, Lombard & Clayton may work with state representatives to amend, oppose or support that legislation. Lombard & Clayton is paid $4,000 a month.
Jefferson County is a member of Colorado Counties Incorporated (CCI), a non-profit, membership association that keeps counties informed on issues that directly impact county operations and represents all Colorado counties before the State Legislature.
To ensure that Jefferson County has a strong voice in state issues, the current County Commissioners are very active in CCI. Commissioner Don Rosier is the 2013 chair of the Metro Area County Commissioners (MACC) and president of the CCI Front Range District, which includes Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer and Weld County and the City and County of Denver and City and County of Broomfield.
Jefferson County’s membership dues are $74,566 for 2013.
To ensure Jefferson County’s voice is heard, the County Commissioners meet with members of the Congressional delegation whenever possible, both in Jefferson County and in Washington, DC. They seek support on public infrastructure, transportation and economic development issues, ensuring public health and public safety needs to protect the public; and help in meeting the demands of the many federal mandates, particularly those that provide assistance to children and families in need through social services programs.
In 2013, the Board of County Commissioners hired the firm of Patton Boggs LLP to represent the county’s interests in issues at the federal level. Their contract is for $8,000 a month.
Patton Boggs helps the county pursue federal grants and other funding opportunities and keeps the county appraised of pending legislation that would affect the county and its residents and businesses.
The Board of County Commissioners is a member of the National Association of Counties , a non-profit, membership association that provides legislative, research, technical, and public affairs assistance. The Commissioners serve on the following NACo committees that help develop policies and represent counties before Congress.
Commissioner Rosier – Chairman, Land Use and Natural Resources Committee and Chairman, Public Lands NACo Traveling Committee
Commissioner Tighe - Community and Economic Development Committee
Commissioner Griffin - Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee. Jefferson County’s membership dues to NACo were $10,517 for 2013.
Take a look at the At-a-Glance Facts and Figures sheet for Jeffco.
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