Legislation to add requirements for school board executive sessions passed the Colorado House after a long, emotional attack by opponents who said it would undermine attorney-client relationships as well as education-reform efforts in some districts.
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Lawmakers fighting a bill to add requirements for school board executive sessions argued during House debate that the measure would chill important attorney-client discussions.
A perception that some school boards are abusing executive sessions prompted committee passage of a bill in the state legislature aimed at giving the public more information to ascertain whether a closed-door meeting might violate Colorado’s Sunshine Law.
Concerned that some school boards in Colorado are meeting behind closed doors when they shouldn’t be, a state representative has proposed legislation that would give the public more information to gauge whether their elected school officials might be violating the state’s Sunshine Law.
Was the Arvada City Council aware of a 2012 state statute that outlaws the use of secret ballots to make decisions when it voted four times Jan. 10, on anonymous folded sheets of paper, to eliminate candidates for a vacant council seat?
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The president of the Jefferson County PTA says her organization is “shocked and appalled” that three new memers of the Jeffco Board of Education hired an attorney without involving other members of the board.
Bill Hudson, publisher of an online community magazine, is out nearly $1,500 after his lawsuit was dismissed. Did the county attorney mislead the court over the actual cost of his legal research in the case?
A city charter amendment, which passed with 74 percent of the vote Nov. 5, is much more restrictive than the Colorado Sunshine Law. It allows the City Council to meet behind closed doors for only two reasons.
Because an “emergency executive session” of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners was held with no notice and because there was no true emergency, the Herald Democrat considers the meeting to be illegal.