Purpose Statement

The Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC) is a voluntary collaboration of elected legislators whose purpose is to formulate, support, advocate for, and communicate legislative actions and positions consistent with the Declaration of Principles.

General Principles

Members of the Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC) agree with the national Republican Study Committee in our dedication to a limited and Constitutional role for civil government, a strong national defense, the protection of individual and property rights, and the preservation of traditional family values. The RSCC believes in a Constitutionally limited government, fiscal and personal responsibility, and personal and economic liberty through fair and free markets.

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Printed on 11/2/19

The Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC) is a voluntary association of elected Colorado legislators that formulates, supports, and communicates legislative actions and positions consistent with its vision and Declaration of Principles. Modeled after the Republican Study Committee of the U.S. Congress, the RSCC provides long range planning and continuity between legislative sessions, helps identify and prioritize content on issues supported by the RSCC, fosters better coordination with groups that support Republican core issues, and increases the potential for national and state-to-state sharing and coordination of legislative information.

RSCC Hearing on Oil And Gas Regulation Bill

In preparation for the 2020 session the Republican Study Committee of Colorado will conduct a public hearing on December 12, 2019 concerning the impacts of the current law that began as Senate Bill 19-181. It will be held at the Capitol in committee room 107 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Ever since the governor signed this legislation into law we have been hearing bits and pieces of what this really means for the oil and gas industry and the overall economy in Colorado. It is time to pull this information together with a public forum so legislators can have a better idea of what should be done in the 2020 session and the people of Colorado can get a clearer picture of the long-term impacts of this major policy change for the State of Colorado.

The details for this significant forum are yet to be worked out. Currently we are looking for experts in every relevant area to be included in this forum. Please contact us if you have any ideas in this regard.

Analysis of 2019 Session

To view our extensive end of session report in PDF format click here. Underlined bills, etc, are links for more information on that legislation.

Mid Session Report

We are more than halfway through this year's legislative session and I wanted you to know what the RSCC is up against.

The majority party has attacked the state's cultural values, parental authority, and local control of schools with the sex ed bill. They have attacked the state's constitutional role in electing U.S. presidents. They are subverting the scientific facts found on drivers licenses and birth certificates. They are stripping away Second Amendment constitutional rights with the red flag bill. They are attacking oil and gas, the state's largest industry, with crippling new regulations and saddling all businesses with a radical and sure to be very expensive plan to give workers as much as three months off every year. They are giving 12 year old children the authority to seek mental health treatment without parental approval or knowledge and denying any parent the ability to get comprehensive mental health treatment for their child if they have gender confusion issues.

Most recently bills have been introduced to give 16 year olds the right to vote, eliminate all TABOR limitations on government spending and force draconian cuts on CO2 emissions, which would cripple what economy we will have left after the oil and gas industry is sent packing.

This has been the toughest year we have ever seen here in Colorado. We have had other years when the Democrats have been in full control, but never have their policies been so intense, radical and non-stop.

The RSCC was started for such a time as this. We began the RSCC in 2005, when the Republicans lost control of the legislature. From the very beginning our goal has been to give conservative Republican legislators a voice and encouragement to never abandon our core principles of freedom and limited government.

As the executive director for the organization I have been giving a weekly update on radio KPOF (AM 910) every Wednesday at 7 AM. I also have been publishing a weekly email report. Every other Thursday the RSCC members meet for lunch at the Capitol to share ideas and strategies about the issues pressing upon us. A highlight for these meetings was when Bob Schaffer came to discuss HB-1032, the sex ed bill, and his experience as a former state senator and U.S. Congressman.

We are also looking at conducting a big public hearing some time after this year's session dealing with the radical changes this legislature and governor are forcing upon Colorado citizens.

With my 16 years in the legislature I know how many pressures there are to go along with the crowd. The RSCC is there to counteract those pressures and to strengthen the backbones of our conservative Republican leaders.

Kevin Lundberg
Executive Director

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2018 Election - Shock Treatment for Schizophrenia

In this year's election, the people of Colorado soundly rejected all statewide tax and spend measures, and yet they elected politicians who are committed to more taxes and higher spending. This double-minded message is sure to yield some shocking results.

Here is what I expect to see:

The governor-elect is committed to "100% renewable energy." We will never get there, but we may kill off much of the state trying. "100% renewable energy" are code words for driving up the price of energy (gas, oil and electricity) to unsustainable levels and driving the oil and gas industry out of the state (over 100,000 high paying jobs). Utilizing all energy sources in a free market environment is the smart way to go. "100% renewable energy" is currently political, scientific and economic insanity.

Red flag laws will become a reality here in Colorado. This is raw gun confiscation without any due process. Look what it has already done in Maryland.

The government will take over the rest of the medical system and we will be left with taxes we cannot afford and rationed medical care that only works if you don't get sick. The people of Colorado rejected that idea two years ago, but have now elected its advocates. I expect this will be brought in incrementally, but inevitably, unless we stop it in 2020.

Colorado will adopt the California emission standards and the cost of our personal vehicles will go up and up. The Colorado Auto Dealers Association assures us it will decimate vehicle sales (collapsing one more industry in Colorado). This is also overt manipulation of our freedom to drive the cars we think best for our families. SUVs and trucks will be heavily taxed (directly or indirectly) and tiny cars will be subsidized.

TABOR will be attacked again. The tax and spend politicians hate TABOR (the Constitutional Taxpayer's Bill of Rights) and will do all they can to eliminate this restraint on out of control government spending.

I could go on, and on, but I think you get the picture. Maybe the next two years will be the shock treatment Colorado voters need to elect more rational leaders in 2020.

From Video library

Senator Vicki Marble and Colorado moms discuss education reform at a press conference in April, 2015.

House Bill 1224 is an example of some of the legislature that does not conform with the RSCC principles. RSCC Principles believe in the individual citizen's constitutional rights which includes the second amendment.

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