Colorado lawmakers vote to close child autopsy reports

Colorado lawmakers are poised to close public access to autopsy reports on minors, bowing to a request from county coroners who say disclosure of the records unnecessarily invades the privacy of families and encourages copycat teen suicides. Journalist associations and open government advocates argue that juvenile autopsy reports are important tools of transparency that help…

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Colorado: Public’s right to know at issue in 3 bills

Colorado state lawmakers have been busy of late dealing with bills that affect the public’s right to know in one way or another. The Colorado Press Association is tracking three bills with barely a week to go in the legislative session. Senate Bill 156, which effectively would remove county salary information and financial statements from…

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Colorado ethics commission revises proposed rules of access to public records

The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission has substantially revised its proposed records access rules in response to criticism from news media associations, citizens and the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. The new proposal, posted Thursday on the IEC’s website, fits on a single page. The previous version, announced in late December, was 10 pages long. “It…

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NFOIC executive director discussed Colorado’s open government laws on ‘Contrary to the Public Interest’

From NFOIC: KMGH-TV, the ABC affiliate in the greater Denver area, took a critical look at Colorado's open government laws, and transparency law enforcement in that state, in a special report called “Contrary to the Public Interest.”

ABC-7’s prize-winning investigative reporter John Ferrugia interviewed National Freedom of Information Coalition executive director Ken Bunting for the special report, which first aired Sept 29.

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Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition hires executive director

The Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition (formerly  Colorado Freedom of Information Council), an alliance of groups and individuals committed to ensuring the transparency of state and local governments in Colorado, has named Jeffrey A. Roberts as executive director.

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