As we observe Sunshine Week, the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information, there’s some good news coming out of Denver.
Senate Bill 40, which seeks to modernize the Colorado Open Records Act, passed out of the state Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday and is expected to be debated by the full Senate soon.
While this is not a perfect bill, we remain hopeful that the legislative process will preserve its original intent and fix some problematic amendments. The Senate deliberations are the first step.
The bill is predicated on an idea that every member of the Senate should champion: that the records of government belong to the people and the public deserves meaningful access to them to be able to fully understand the operations of government.