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Watchdogs: Ethics panel challenging ‘all legal boundaries’ to meet in secret

A nonprofit watchdog group says Colorado's top ethics panel should set an example for government transparency rather than "challenging all legal boundaries" by "conducting official business in secret." Colorado Ethics Watch decried how the state Independent Ethics Commission "stealthily conducts business" in a response to Wednesday's Colorado Independent story detailing legal questions about the panel's penchant for meeting behind closed doors.

Legal questions surround secret meetings of state ethics commission

The Colorado Independent on Tuesday asked the state's top ethics panel to turn over recordings of more than a dozen secret meetings held this year — including closed sessions where a member of the panel reported deliberating on an ethics complaint filed against former Secretary of State Mike Coffman, who won election to Congress last fall — charging the panel with violating the state's Open Meetings Law.

Ethics group rips panel’s decision clearing Coffman, says it might appeal

An ethics watchdog group on Tuesday slammed the long-awaited decision by a state ethics panel that cleared U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of wrongdoing when he served as Colorado secretary of state, saying the Independent Ethics Commission shirked its duty to investigate allegations of official misconduct and tied the hands of the group that brought the charges.

Fifth Member Rounds Out Ethics Commission

And the fifth and final member of Colorado's Independent Ethics Commission is ... Fremont County Commissioner Larry Lasha. More than a year after voters...

Top Leaders Vow For ‘Clarity’ on Amend. 41

Gov. Bill Ritter and Attorney General John Suthers issued a letter to state employees on Friday, updating them on the latest court ruling on...

Small Minority of Lobbyists Giving At State Capitol In Wake of...

Colorado lobbyists were allowed to give gifts to lawmakers, but a staggering majority chose not to. The Colorado Supreme Court reinstated the lobbyist gift ban...

Yes on Amendment 41? Abramoff Made Me Do It

COMMENTARY If some opponents of Amendment 41 are to be believed, 93,888 Colorado voters entered their polling places on Nov. 7, 2006, to the strains...

No Word From Ethics Commish – Other Than It Doesn’t Exist

The response to yesterday's Colorado Supreme Court ruling reinstating a ban on gifts to lawmakers has ranged from disappointment to delight -- and confusion...

Supremes Bring Gift Ban Back; Still No Ethics Commission

The Colorado Supreme Court today tossed out the injunction barring Colorado's ethics in government law -- in essence ruling it's up to the state's...

Ex-Lawmaker Named To Slowly Forming Ethics Panel

A year after Colorado voters approved Amendment 41 to establish strict mandates on ethics in government, a panel to oversee complaints and potential violations...
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