Judge denies Boulder County’s (CO) bid for attorney’s fees, court costs in open-records suit

A Boulder District Court judge has denied Boulder County’s effort to get Gunbarrel resident Kristin Bjornsen to pay more than $3,900 in attorney’s fees and related court costs that the county claimed was part of the expense of defending the county in an open-meetings and open-records lawsuit. Bjornsen welcomed Judge Thomas Mulvahill’s decision and said…

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Colorado lawmakers have approved a bill to remove autopsy reports involving minors from documents

Colorado lawmakers have approved a bill to remove autopsy reports involving minors from documents available to the public under the Colorado Open Records Act. The Senate approved House changes to the bill late Tuesday and it’s on its way to the governor’s desk. Supporters argue that the release of detailed autopsies on youth creates unnecessary…

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Colorado lawmakers advance bill to open records on completed police internal affairs investigations

Lawmakers advance bill to open records on completed police internal affairs investigations By Jeffrey A. Roberts CFOIC Executive Director A bill to require public disclosure of police internal affairs records cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday on a 7-4 vote in the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 18-1404, introduced by Democratic Rep. James Coleman of…

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Judicial branch CORA bill finally makes progress, but now only affects sexual harassment records

After trying for three years to make the state judicial branch subject to the Colorado Open Records Act, Rep. Polly Lawrence finally notched a victory Thursday when a legislative committee passed an extremely limited version of her perennial bill. “It certainly doesn’t go as far as I’d like, but it’s a step in the right…

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Denver Police Chief is urged to act more professionally after open records denial

Denver Police Department Chief Robert White insulted his officers, used poor communication when responding to an open records request and runs a department described as having “dysfunctional relationships,” but he will not face discipline after two internal investigations concluded he did not violate any department policies. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said Monday he will not…

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Judicial branch CORA bill finally makes progress, but now only affects sexual harassment records

By Jeffrey A. Roberts CFOIC Executive Director After trying for three years to make the state judicial branch subject to the Colorado Open Records Act, Rep. Polly Lawrence finally notched a victory Thursday when a legislative committee passed an extremely limited version of her perennial bill. “It certainly doesn’t go as far as I’d like,…

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From CFOIC: Colorado legislature approves open-records modernization, sends bill to governor’s desk

An 18-month push to update Colorado’s open-records law for the digital age culminated Wednesday in the final passage of a bill that clarifies the public’s right to copies of electronic government records in useful file formats that permit analysis of information in those records.

Senate Bill 17-040 heads to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk after passing the House on a 39-26 vote and then repassing the Senate unanimously, all on the last day of the 2017 legislative session.

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CFOIC: ‘Modest approach’ to CORA modernization wins House approval

Legislation to modernize Colorado’s open-records law underwent a significant makeover Tuesday night with a little more than a day left in the 2017 session.

The Colorado House gave preliminary approval to a completely reworked, shorter version of Senate Bill 17-040 designed to satisfy both records requesters and the government entities that have opposed the measure.

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