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Colorado Open Records Act digital update bounds over last legislative hurdles

Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, in his legislative office, 2017. (John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)

The Colorado Open Records Act this year will receive a long-overdue digital-era update after Senate Bill 40 on Wednesday ended its switchback journey over the entire course of the 120-day legislative session Wednesday, finishing in the Senate with an against-all-odds unanimous vote of support. “No one would have guessed it would receive all 35 votes […]

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Wheat Ridge demands return of records detailing billionaire’s stake in liquor giant Applejack

The American and Colorado flags fly at the state Capitol in Denver on a sunny day on March 9, 2017. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Saying the city released records it shouldn’t have, an attorney representing the city of Wheat Ridge is demanding the immediate return of dozens of pages of documents concerning a 2014 liquor license application for a new owner of Applejack Wine and Spirits obtained in March under the Colorado Open Records Act, The Colorado Statesman has […]

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YESTERYEAR: Hart announces second run for president, legislator’s CORA request ignites kerfuffle

Thirty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … Colorado U.S. Sen. Gary Hart officially announced his second run for U.S. president on his home turf at Red Rocks Amphitheater, saying, among other remarks, “I guarantee you that I’ll make some mistakes.” At a press conference the next Tuesday, in Denver City Council chambers, […]

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Kefalas on open records bill: An ‘interesting journey’

State Sen. John Kefalas speaks to The Statesman about his open records bill's 'interesting journey' this year as a piece of legislation that was once assumed dead but has since undergone compromise deals and gained serious momentum. (Photo by John Tomasic/The Colorado Statesman)
Opening the hood of Colorado’s Open Records Act to change out even a few parts is a massive undertaking — too many of the components in this aging machine are moving. Aiming to make some long-overdue digital-era updates to CORA, state Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, started that process months ago and has been wrestling […]

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Colorado’s closely watched digital database open records bill advances

State Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, takes notes, February 24, 2016, during a committee hearing on an open records bill he co-sponsored. David Zalubowski, file AP Photo

A long-coming update to the Colorado Open Records Act that aims to make government digital datasets more readily accessible to the public advanced with bipartisan support in the State Senate Tuesday night. Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Fort Collins Democrat John Kefalas, is the latest version of a proposal that has been the subject of […]

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Drama-laden open records bill survives another hearing

Colorado state Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, makes a point about a public records bill that he co-sponsored during testimony on the measure before a state Senate committee in Denver in this Feb. 24, 2016, file photo. This bill died in the GOP-led Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. A new bill, sponsored by Kefalas, to bring Colorado's Open Records Act into the 21st century gets a Senate committee hearing Wednesday, March 1, 2017, after months of efforts, led by the secretary of state’s office, to show how public documents can be released by government agencies in digital formats without jeopardizing individuals’ privacy. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
A bill aimed at modernizing Colorado’s Open Records Act has survived its first Senate hearing — but with an amendment that could mean trouble down the road. The GOP-led Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday to send Senate Bill 40 by Democratic Sen. John Kefalas to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Kefalas confident privacy issues can be resolved in bill to modernize public records access

State Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, discusses Senate Bill 40, legislation to modernize the format of information released under the Colorado Open Records Act, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the state Capitol in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

State Sen. John Kefalas says he hopes that an amendment he plans to introduce in committee Wednesday will take care of the bulk of the privacy concerns raised over legislation he’s sponsoring that would require government agencies to produce public records in searchable digital formats. “I happen to be a person of faith,” the Fort […]

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