No more secret meetings or vanishing texts: State lawmakers settle alleged transparency violations at Capitol

Colorado Public Radio: The legal case that saw Democrats suing Democrats at the state Capitol this summer has reached a settlement, pending court approval. 

State lawmakers in the House would no longer be allowed to use auto-delete functions on any messaging apps when discussing public business. And they would be banned from having secret meetings to hash out political strategies or plan votes, an alleged violation of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law. 

“I’m gratified that the House leadership accepted that there’s an issue that needs to be worked out and then we can move forward to modernizing the law into something that is workable,” said Democratic state Rep. Bob Marshall of Highlands Ranch, who filed the lawsuit along with his colleague Democratic state Rep. Elisabeth Epps of Denver.

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