House committee approves bill to add school and special districts to ethics commission oversight

Colorado Politics: Over its 15-year history, Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission has reviewed more than 400 complaints against state lawmakers, a governor, county commissioners and municipal elected officials. Just over 10% have gone through the full complaint process. 

Never in its history has the commission looked at a complaint against an elected official associated with a special district or a school board. The commission asserted years ago that it had no authority over those affiliated with these subdivisions of state government. 

That could all change under a bill approved Tuesday by the House Transportation, Housing and Local Government Committee. House Bill 1065 would put special districts and school districts, including school boards, under the authority of the ethics commission.

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