Colorado Senate committee kills measure to open records on wage-law violations

With no discussion, a Senate committee late last week killed legislation that would have allowed the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to disclose whether a company has cheated its workers.

HB 16-1347 had received bipartisan support in the House, passing unanimously in committee and 47-17 on the floor. But the Republican-controlled Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee defeated it Friday on a 5-4 partisan vote.

“It’s frustrating,” said Rep. Jessie Danielson, the Wheat Ridge Democrat who introduced the bill. “They gave no reasons for voting against such a common-sense transparency measure.” Continue…