SB 18-135

  • Colorado Senate Bill
  • 2018 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 14, 2018
  • Passed Senate Feb 09, 2018
  • Passed House Mar 19, 2018
  • Signed by Governor Apr 02, 2018

Update Colorado Code Of Military Justice


The bill updates the Colorado code of military justice (code). Sections 1 and 2 of the bill define terms related to the code and clarify the applicability of the code. Sections 4 and 6 authorize commanding officers to arrest any enlisted member, impose certain disciplinary punishments without the intervention of a court-martial, and clarify those punishments and who may impose them. Sections 7 to 9 describe the punishments that may be imposed by general, special, and summary courts-martial. Section 9 also removes a person's ability to refuse trial by summary court-martial. Section 10 authorizes the assistant adjutant general for the space, cyber, and missile defense for the Colorado National Guard; the land component commander for the Colorado Army National Guard; or the wing commander for the Colorado Air National Guard to convene a general court-martial. Section 11 authorizes certain officers to convene a special court-martial. Section 13 permits a military judge to be detailed to a court-martial irrespective of military branch. Section 14 requires counsel in general or special courts-martial to be appointed as judge advocates. Section 15 classifies as felonies offenses for which an accused may be convicted by general court-martial and receive a sentence of confinement. A conviction by summary court-martial is not a criminal conviction. All other military offenses are misdemeanors. Section 16 authorizes the state to appeal certain decisions in a court-martial and prohibits the state from appealing a finding of not guilty by a court-martial or trial by military judge only. The bill describes the process for the state to file an appeal. Sections 17 to 29 make changes to existing offenses in the code. Section 30 creates an offense related to the possession and use of controlled substances. Section 31 establishes a process by which a member of the military forces may make a complaint against a commanding officer. Sections 3, 12, 13, and 14 require certain persons already required to be members of the Colorado state bar to be members in good standing. The bill makes conforming amendments. (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.) , Read More

Bill Sponsors (3)



Apr 02, 2018

Office of the Governor

Governor Signed

Mar 27, 2018

Office of the Governor

Sent to the Governor


Signed by the Speaker of the House

Mar 26, 2018


Signed by the President of the Senate

Mar 20, 2018


Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass

Mar 19, 2018


House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Mar 16, 2018


House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor

Mar 13, 2018


House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

  • Referral-Committee
  • Committee-Passage
House Committee of the Whole Judiciary

Feb 14, 2018


Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary

  • Introduction

Feb 09, 2018


Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor

Feb 08, 2018


Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments

Feb 05, 2018


Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage

Jan 29, 2018


Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary

  • Introduction

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Committee Amendment PDF
PA1 (03/15/2018) PDF
Introduced (01/29/2018) PDF
Engrossed (02/08/2018) PDF
Reengrossed (02/09/2018) PDF
Revised (03/16/2018) PDF
Rerevised (03/19/2018) PDF
Final Act (03/27/2018) PDF
Signed Act (04/02/2018) PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note FN1 (02/02/2018) PDF
Fiscal Note FN2 (08/07/2018) PDF


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