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This guide provides detailed steps for how to locate current, proposed and superseded regulations in Colorado. For more information about researching Colorado Administrative Law, please see the Colorado Administrative Law Research guide.
Locating Current Regulations
Current regulations can be found in the Code of Colorado Regulations. Since 2007, the official version is the free online version available through the Colorado Secretary of State's website. For more information about the CCR, see the Colorado Administrative Law Research guide.

Browsing by Rule Number or Agency Name

A researcher can easily locate a rule in the online version of the CCR if the researcher has the CCR citation or knows the agency that promulgated the rule. The site allows researchers to search by Rule Number or to browse by Agency Name.

Browsing the rules will retrieve a list of agencies, as shown below: 

If a researcher has identified the specific agency and knows which department the agency belongs to, the researcher can expand the list of departments.

Once the researcher has located and selected the appropriate agency or number, the resulting page will list the current rules under that agency or CCR number.

Searching by word phrase or CCR number

If a researcher does not have either the CCR citation or the name of the issuing agency, the online CCR does have a search option.

Using the search option, a researcher can search the CCR by word, phrase or CCR number. Researchers have the option of returning to the current version of the regulation or to all versions if that box is checked.


Reviewing the Regulation

The current regulation plus earlier versions, if available, are displayed.  With the passage of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act in Colorado (CRS 24-71.5-101 ff.), the regulations are provided in the portable document format (pdf).  

After reviewing the regulation, the researcher should also review the Editor's Notes to determine rule revisions since 2006 and effective dates.  

Locating Regulations in Print
To locate a regulation in print, the researcher needs a CCR citation (e.g. 1 CCR 204-13). If the researcher does not have a CCR ciation, the researcher can obtain one by using the set index or by browsing the table of contents, both of which are located in the "Guide" volume. (Please note that the print version of the CCR is not the official publication of current Colorado regulations.)
Once the citation has been identified, the researcher need only go to the indicated volume, the first number in the citation, and turn to the page (or section) number.
The first page of the regulation is the title page and it notes the statutory aurithority for the regulation, as well as the effective date, history, citations to the AG Opinions and any annotations.
Locating Superseded Regulations
Occassionally it is necessary to review the history and previous versions of a regulation to understand the intent of a rule or because a legal issue requires application of a previous version. Locating a historical rule can be challenging depending upon when the rule was promulgated. Many times researching superseded regulations requires researchers to use both the online and the print versions of the CR and CCR. 

Researching History Online

The history of all regulations since 2007 and some from 2006 can be located in the online version of the Code of Colorado Regulations. Researchers can view some of the history of a regulation in the current regulation from the Editor's Notes, which follow the text of the regulation. For earlier versions, the researcher will need to click on "I need older rules" when using the search interface.

The link provides instructions and a further link. 

The researcher will need to enter the regulation under "Name" and then also select "Rules Title Pages" under "Licensing Document Category / Type" in order to retreive the older title pages.

The researcher can then pull up the title's pages by clicking the first link in the resulting table of results.

The title page can be viewed online or opened in a pdf viewer.


Researching Superseded Regulations in Print

To find versions of a regulation from before 2007, the researcher must locate it in print. In researching superseded regulations in print, researchers must remember that the regulation is first published in the CR and then the new pages are inserted into the CCR and the old pages are removed. The Wise Law Library keeps the old pages, but the researcher must know the dates on which all prior versions were adopted and the CR citation.

To locate this information, the researcher should consult the History and Amendments table on the title page of the regulation. The researcher can locate the title page at the beginning of the regulation in the print CCR or review the Editor's Notes and digital scan of the title page in the online CCR. The title page provides the dates that all versions of a regulation were adopted and the CR issue in which the final rule was published.

Once the researcher has located the CR citation and dates, the researcher must locate a copy of the earlier regulation. This can be challenging based upon the way that superseded regulations have been filed. The Wise Law Library has filed superseded regulations by the CCR citation and the date superseded, so the researcher must identify the year in which the regulation that amended the old rule was inserted into the CCR and find the CCR volume for that year and that regulation in the library. The researcher can find the regulation by CCR citation and then can verify that the CR citation at the top of the page matches that of the desired rule.
Locating New or Proposed Regulations
Locating proposed or newly promulgated regulations is fairly easy through the official online version of the Code of Colorado Regulations and the Colorado Register.

Using the Colorado Register

The Colorado Register is published twice per month. From the CR home, researchers can browse the recent issues to identify any rules that were adopted since the previous issue and review the "Notice of Rulemaking Hearings" and "Calendar of Hearings" to identify any proposed rules.


Using eDocket

Using the eDocket, researchers can search each agency to see if there are any pending or newly promulgated rules. Researchers must know the agency name and indicate a date range in which the proposed rule would have been filed. Typically, a date range for the last 6 months is sufficient.

The results will list any proposed rules that were filed within the indicated date range. If the rule has been adopted the eDocket will also list the date the AG Opinion was issued, the date the permanent rule was filed with the Secretary of State and the effective date. It will also indicate if the rule has been included in the CCR. Researchers can click on the tracking number to view more details about the new or proposed regulation.

The additional details by the tracking number include the type of filing, the affected CCR Title, the Date and Time of the Rule Hearing, a link to the proposed rule and the statutory authority for the rule.

If the rule has been adopted, this page will also include a link to the rules as adopted and a link to the AG Opinion and will include the adoption and effective dates.
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