Boulder opposing bill meant to keep police scanners open to public, media

Boulder Beat: A Colorado bill aimed at keeping police and firefighter radio traffic open to the public is being opposed by Boulder, one of several pieces of state legislation being actively monitored by city lobbyists. Council on Tuesday will consider an update to its legislative agenda, set in the fall.

A bipartisan pair of representatives, Republican Kevin Van Winkle, Highlands Ranch, and Democrat Jovan Melton, Aurora, are sponsporing HB20-1282, Radio Communications of Gov Entities.  It is the third piece of legislation in as many years attempting to counter the spread of law enforcement scanners going silent.

At least 30 agencies across Colorado have now encrypted their systems, according to Jeff Roberts, executive director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition. This prevents the public and media from listening for important safety and crime information in real-time.

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