Editorial: Senate should pass SB 40

While SB 40 is not a perfect bill, we remain hopeful that the legislative process will preserve its original intent and fix some problematic amendments. The Senate deliberations are the first step.

Opinion: A data collector’s perspective on the pros and cons of open records

As a water data collection specialist, I have spent years behind a keyboard, researching public data and how it’s accessed throughout the web. In my experience, there are three myths when it comes to finding and using public or government data: 1) it’s easy to find, 2) free, and 3) available in a useable format.

Public records laws don’t always ensure a transparent government

Every year, reporters observe Sunshine Week by celebrating the efforts of those in our industry who shed light on the dark corners of government, and by pushing for greater transparency. In that spirit, the Independent spoke with Jeff Roberts, executive director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, about the state of Colorado’s two public records laws.