Young: Stop the government from keeping finalist lists secret

Colorado Newsline: When the University of Colorado regents in 2019 announced Mark Kennedy as the sole finalist in their search for a new president, it was clear to many people who read the relevant Colorado statutes that, to avoid transparency, they broke the law.

The Daily Camera sued the regents for information about other candidates for the position, and the case is still in the courts, where the meaning of laws governing release of finalist information has been vigorously debated.

Another venue where the Kennedy case continues to reverberate is the Colorado Legislature. Two House members propose to rewrite laws that concern the “finalist” question. But far from wanting to ensure that members of the public have even minimal insight into the process of selecting powerful public officials, the legislators want to make anti-transparent behavior unambiguously legal.

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