Colorado lawmaker plans bill to make government more transparent

A Colorado state senator plans to introduce legislation next session that will require governments to provide electronic databases in the format they're kept after open records advocates questioned why some government agencies are less transparent.

Denver and other governments often provide databases and spreadsheets in locked PDF formats even when the records are maintained in Microsoft Excel or other formats, which make them easier to sort and analyze.

State Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, plans to file a bill to fix that soon after the General Assembly begins next month. Continue…