During the first few days of each annual general session, members of the Colorado General Assembly are entitled to attend a joint session of the legislature to hear the “State of the State” address from governor. It is an opportunity for the public and representatives from all three Branches of state government to hear from the chief executive of the state about the current status of the state and his/her priorities for the coming year.
Our representative republic relies on a separation of powers. The Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches of government each have specified powers, each of which is withheld from the other two Branches.
That’s what makes the annual State of the State address a special occasion. Members of all three separate Branches gather in together in the People’s House to hear from the person who was elected by a majority of voters who voted to lead the Executive Branch of our state government.
Respecting the process of elections and the Separation of Powers doesn’t mean that everyone who attends a State of the State address agrees with everything that the governor has to say. Rather, our structure of state government, as defined by the Colorado Constitution, honors the fact that we can and often do disagree.