Editorial: Even in Colorado, we could all use more sunshine

Littleton Independent: Local governments, law enforcement agencies, school districts and other taxpayer-funded entities are sharing more information than ever with the public, thanks to the internet.

Want information on a road closure? Try Twitter.

Want to know what upcoming events are planned at your child’s school? The school’s website is your ticket.

No doubt, that information is helpful. But make no mistake, what you find on the web is not an all-access pass.

Want to know the name of the finalists for school district superintendent? Well …

Or the name of the person arrested as the suspect in a local crime? Um …

It’s complicated.

Often, that information is made public, depending on the agency. Sometimes, it’s not — or at least not right away.

Colorado’s open-records law generally stipulates that information held by a public agency is available to the public. But there are exceptions to the law, as well as different interpretations of the law that can lead to gray areas.

While most agencies and entities follow both the letter and the spirit of the state’s open-records laws, there is room for improvement. With this being Sunshine Week — the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information that runs March 11-17 — we have put together a short wish list of what we would like to see in the Denver metro area.

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