Bill would ban confidentiality agreements for Colorado state employees

Colorado Politics: A first-term senator is pushing to ban the use of nondisclosure agreements for state employees in most circumstances, allowing them to speak freely about the circumstances of their employment.

“I think when it comes to government employees and the businesses of the state, the name of the game is transparency,” said Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer, R-Brighton. “The public is entitled to know what public employees are doing and what the government is doing.”

Kirkmeyer cited as her inspiration a release and settlement between the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office and Jenny Flanagan, former deputy secretary of state under Jena Griswold. The document, signed on Jan. 16, 2020, indicated that the parties “will not make any disparaging remarks” about each other.

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