Editorial: Major gap in open records law

From The Denver Post:  Groups that work with our most vulnerable citizens and that receive more than half of their funding from federal, state and local sources should have to comply with the state’s open records laws.

But they don’t, which is why legislation proposed by Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, that would open these non-profits to heightened accountability is so welcome.

Aguilar’s bill, which is expected to be introduced next month, would force community centered boards that receive at least 50 percent of their revenue from public sources to comply with Colorado’s open records laws.

Colorado’s 20 community centered boards were created by statute to deliver long-term services and support systems for persons with developmental disabilities. But they are nonprofits that are immune from having to disclose records.

State law now requires only annual financial disclosures and a yearly independent audit.

Earlier this year, Denver’s board, Rocky Mountain Human Services, came under scrutiny when a deficit of an undisclosed amount was discovered.

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