Editorial: Colorado legislature deals a double blow to public access

A state Senate committee this week decided that a non-profit may function as a surrogate government agency, with 85 to 95 percent of its funding consistently coming from public sources, and yet will not have to honor requests under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA).

A bill that would have subjected such entities to CORA was tabled under heavy fire.

What a travesty. It means the 20 community boards in this state charged with serving people with developmental disabilities — boards that collectively disburse nearly $300 million in public money — can skip merrily on their way, escaping the transparency that ought to apply when taxpayer funds are at stake. Continue…