President Donald Trump signed an executive order requiring U.S. colleges to commit to protecting speech rights on campus or lose federal research funding, claiming many schools “have become increasingly hostile to free speech and to the First Amendment.” But Colorado higher-education institutions say they already are dedicated to the free expression of ideas and opinions on their campuses, and are in line with the executive action.
The aim is to streamline and speed up the reporting process, make credible complaints against state lawmakers public and beef up confidentiality protections for accusers. The new policy would also apply to the hundreds of lobbyists who work under the gold dome, should they ever be accused of harassment.
The issue has pitted the public’s right to know against safety concerns from law enforcement agencies who say radio traffic publicly broadcasts sensitive information that could put citizens and officers at risk.
A committee of Colorado judges and lawyers will discuss and decide in private whether to make changes to court rules that have allowed thousands of criminal and civil cases to be secreted from public view over the past two decades.
Superior leaders this week said they wouldn’t direct staff to take steps toward regularly posting official town emails to its website, eschewing a standard taken by a handful of Front Range communities and even some Boulder County neighbors.
The government was elected by and to serve the people, and therefore proceedings and many documents belong to us, the citizens. Sunshine laws are a cornerstone to our democracy and help preserve that fundamental relationship between the governing and the governed.
This week is Sunshine Week, during which we celebrate our right, as self-governing citizens, to access information that enables us to hold our public servants accountable. The underlying principle is, to quote an important phrase in American declaration, “self-evident”: without access to records that show what our government is doing — with our taxpayer dollars, in our names, and affecting our lives — we cannot maintain a functioning self-governing democracy.
While it is “easy to understand why police want to have private radio transmissions,” encrypting can present a host of problems for the news media, said Tompkins, whose institute is a nonprofit school for journalism that is a nationally renowned resource on media issues.
Nothing like a little sunshine to help throw some light on some wrong. There was no shortage of wrong a few weeks ago when the majority of Aurora City Council members took a three-day junket to Washington D.C. to discuss how the federal government might do more for our local one.
Public records hold government officials accountable and promote transparency so you know exactly where your tax money is going, but some agencies are using open records laws to keep the public in the dark.