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Legislative Editor Job Description

A legislative editor in the Office of Legislative Legal Services (Office) supports the Office's core legislative drafting, legal services, and publications functions by:

  • Editing legislation, amendments to legislation, legal memorandums, and other written Office work product, including presentation materials, for grammar, spelling, punctuation, comprehensibility, and adherence to Office style and format requirements;

  • Proofreading legislation and other written Office work product by reading aloud with another legislative editor;

  • Inputting handwritten edits and revisions into electronic documents;

  • Verifying and updating existing editorial content and writing new editorial content for the Colorado Revised Statutes;

  • Drafting nonstatutory documents and amendments;

  • Conducting policy and legal research;

  • Working with other legislative editors on his or her team and other teams throughout the Office to help the Publications Team complete publications work within deadlines so that the Office can publish the Colorado Revised Statutes and other documents published by the Office accurately and in a timely manner;

  • Under the supervision of an attorney, reviewing executive branch agency rules to determine whether they are within the rule-making authority of the promulgating agency; and

  • Generally supporting the attorneys on his or her team in the completion of their duties.

A legislative editor may also:

  • Assist other legislative editors and attorneys on other teams in completing their duties as necessitated by workload demands;

  • Perform general administrative and clerical tasks such as making photocopies of and delivering legislation and other written Office work product for Office staff, legislators, lobbyists, other legislative staff, or the public;

  • Summarize Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases that apply or interpret the Colorado Constitution, the Colorado Revised Statutes, or Colorado Court Rules;

  • Prepare charts, tables, and other graphical presentation and research materials;

  • Attend meetings of, monitor the activity of, and support the Office's work related to the activities of non-session legislative committee work;

  • Develop and prepare or assist team attorneys or other Office staff in developing and preparing presentation materials for new legislator training, Office training programs, or training programs for other legislative or executive agency staff;

  • Complete special projects and other tasks, which may include administrative tasks, assigned by his or her team leader or head legislative editor or by a member of the Office Management Team; and

  • Participate in or serve as chair of Office committees or ad hoc committees.

 

(Updated 11/21/2016)