Colorado gets dismal rankings in state integrity report

From The Coloradoan (Fort Collins):  Colorado was listed as in the bottom-half of all state governments when it comes to public access to information, ethics enforcement and state pension fund management, according to a report released by the Center for Public Integrity.

Overall, the Washington, D.C.,-based nonprofit graded the state at a D+ in its 2015 state integrity report — a disappointment on any report card, but still good enough for the No. 13 spot nationwide.

The center cites Colorado’s general lack of training and processes for public information requests made under the Colorado Open Records Act, as well as no centralized appeals process, for its F rating on Public Access to Information. Appeals must be taken to court. The F grade is good for No. 34 in the nation.

“You have all sorts of different agencies and governments, and they all handle it in their own little way,” said Jeffrey Roberts, director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, told the Center for Public Integrity.

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