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Lawmakers vote to close child autopsy reports, put burden on the...

Colorado lawmakers are poised to close public access to autopsy reports on minors, bowing to a request from county coroners who say disclosure of...

Lawsuit challenges Aurora’s ‘blanket policy’ of rejecting requests for police internal...

The city of Aurora’s “blanket policy” of denying open records requests for police internal affairs files, apparently without regard to the facts and circumstances...

Leslie Weise: Winner of The Colorado Independent’s 2017 Whistleblower Award

First Leslie Weise blew the whistle. And then she faced jail time. It all started two years ago with what seemed like a simple...

Elbert Co. still hasn’t released minutes of ‘Jerry Springer-like’ commission meeting...

Six months after a controversial, contentious meeting of the Elbert County Commission, county residents are still waiting to read the meeting minutes.

Opening records of disability nonprofits: ‘Impossible.’ Really?

The bill is still alive, but it’s becoming clear that 20 nonprofits serving people with disabilities won’t be covered by the Colorado Open Records...

Opinion: A 21st-century open-records law for Colorado

When was the last time you used microfilm or microfiche to find information? Does the phrase “on-line bulletin board” bring to mind that screeching...

Colorado’s analog records laws lag behind digital practice

Messages today multiply. One brings another and soon they pile up like grains of sand in the Sahara. Can we really expect officials to keep them all and to deliver them in digestible chunks in a timely way upon request?

Salazar looks to address Colorado’s up-and-down open records fees

Then came the news that a Colorado Court approved a $16,025 records-retrieval fee. It's the kind of price tag that dampens the will to watchdog government and clouds the work of public officials.

Colorado Open Records Reform Bill Draws Activist Ire

It is a bill good-government activists were supposed to get behind enthusiastically. Then they read it. Now they now decry it as being ambiguously worded and ripe for abuse.

Veto pressure mounts as Hickenlooper reviews open-records elections bill

In the weeks since the Colorado legislative session ended, calls for Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto House Bill 1036 have come from the political left, right and center, from government watchdog organizations, citizen rights and tax reform activists and from representatives of the sovereign Ute Mountain Ute tribe in southwest Colorado. Whatever happens by next Friday, when the deadline to sign the bill arrives, wrangling over its contents and legitimacy will continue indefinitely.