Colorado’s Sunshine Law and COVID-19

Delta County Independent: As local governments scramble to accommodate meetings under COVID-19 no one could have predicted that a lawsuit aimed at Delta County Commissioners in 2017 would aid Colorado’s 64 counties during a worldwide pandemic.

A bipartisan bill passed last year making it possible for towns to “transition from posting physical notices of public meetings in physical locations to posting notices on a website, social media account, or other official online presence of the local government to the greatest extent practicable,” is finding its place during a unique time.

Delta County Board of Commissioners and nearly every town in the county recently passed legislation allowing virtual meetings to be conducted while under the bright light of Colorado’s Sunshine Law which requires that “a meeting notice be posted in a designated public place within the boundaries of the local public body no less than twenty-four hours prior to the holding of the meeting.”

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