A bill to require the eventual destruction of images captured by government-run passive surveillance cameras passed the Colorado House on a 63-2 vote.
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A bill to standardize fees for public records in Colorado was amended by lawmakers to cap charges for filling requests for information at four times the state minimum wage.
Hoping to curb identity theft, a committee of the state legislature advanced a bill that requires county clerks to redact the first five digits of a Social Security number on an electronic copy of a public document, if a person makes a request.
Seeking to protect senior citizens from identity theft, a Colorado House committee voted unanimously to close marriage and civil union license applications that now become public records after 50 years.
Records kept by private associations of elected officials that get some of their money from public sources would be open to public scrutiny under legislation proposed by state Sen. Kevin Lundberg.
Winners of open-records lawsuits in Colorado are entitled to attorneys’ fees, even if they succeed in getting only one record released, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled last week.
HB 14-1047 would require that commercial websites remove a booking photo free of charge if the arrested person makes a request in writing and that person was not charged with a crime, charges were dropped or the person was acquitted.
A plan to regulate fees for public records statewide is expected to be one of at least three bills introduced during the 2014 legislative session that would affect the flow or availability of information in Colorado.
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