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CoFOIC: ‘Cooling-down’ period for open-records disputes advances in Colorado legislature

A required “cooling-down period” aimed at resolving open-records disputes without litigation continued its easy journey in the Colorado legislature on Wednesday.

HB 17-1177, approved by the House 65-0 last month after being completely rewritten in committee, passed unanimously in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

The bill, which now heads to the Senate floor, requires a 14-day waiting period if someone who is denied records under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) wishes to challenge the denial in court. During that time period, the records custodian must speak with the requester in person or by phone in an attempt to resolve the dispute.