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A whole bunch of Colorado laws go into effect Wednesday

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Wednesday marks 90 days since the end of the legislative session, which means Colorado law is set to change in ways large and small as a passel of new statutes join to legal code. More than 200 laws are set to take effect on Aug. 9. More take effect at staggered dates, depending on how […]

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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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In Colorado, if your boss rips you off, it’s no longer a secret

Bad bosses, listen up: If you rip off employees — pinch their tips, pay less than minimum wage, deny overtime or jilt them on expenses — that’s no longer a “trade secret” but now a matter of public record in Colorado. This week Gov. John Hickenlooper put another notch in the legislative pistol of Rep. Jessie Danielson, […]

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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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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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Public records bill to get its hearing today

Senate Bill 40 to make public records more accessible in a digital and searchable format is expected to get a hearing this afternoon. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, thinks he has the agreements and amendments he needs to pass the bill out of the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee Wednesday afternoon. Privacy […]

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