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Proposed 2016 bill would open records of nonprofits serving people with disabilities

Prompted by the recent financial troubles of a nonprofit that serves people with disabilities, a state lawmaker plans 2016 legislation to open the records of all such agencies in Colorado that receive more than half their funds from public sources.

Sen. Irene Aguilar said Rocky Mountain Human Services and similar nonprofits should be covered by the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) so that local governments and the public can be confident that the limited amount of money available for programs to help vulnerable populations is spent appropriately.

Twenty community centered boards (CCBs) serve adults and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Colorado. Questions about Rocky Mountain Human Services, formerly known as Denver Options, were raised earlier this year when the Denver-based CCB reported unspecified budget problems, missed payments to service providers and cut ties with its highly paid founder. Continue…