Secret survey results reveal top bills at state Capitol, but leave some questions unanswered

KUNC: Democrats at the state Capitol have released the results of a secret survey they took last month to help decide which bills should get a piece of the state’s budget. The documents reveal lawmakers’ top spending priorities, but transparency advocates are continuing to allege the private bill ranking survey violates the state’s open meetings law. 

Jeff Roberts, the director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, told KUNC last week the anonymity of the results prevents the public from seeing how individual lawmakers stood on important pieces of legislation.

“The public is entitled to know how their elected officials, their legislators stand on on certain issues when they actually do cast a vote for them,” he said. “And the open meetings law bars the use of secret ballots. Caucus meetings are supposed to be open.”

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