Open-records bill hearing delayed again

Fort Collins Coloradoan: A state Senate committee has once again postponed a hearing on a bill designed to modernize Colorado’s Open Records Act.

The Senate Affairs Committee notified Sen. John Kefalas that the chair has taken the bill off of the schedule for Feb. 22. No new date was announced.

Kefalas’ bill would require government and entities funded with taxpayer dollars that are subject to the Colorado Open Records Act to provide records in a digital, searchable format, provided they are kept that way. Kefalas, a Fort Collins Democrat, started the push last year after the Coloradoan’s effort to acquire the digital version of Colorado State University’s salary increase exercise.

After last year’s failed effort to update CORA, Kefalas formed a working group with representatives from higher education, the press, the Secretary of State’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office and others. The result has earned the endorsement of the Secretary of State’s Office, news organizations across the state and other groups.

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