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Bill Detail: SB24-157

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Title Colorado Open Meetings Law for the General Assembly
Status Governor Signed (03/12/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • State Government
House Sponsors C. deGruy Kennedy (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate Sponsors S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 02/13/2024

Under the Colorado open meetings law (COML), any meeting of
a body of the general assembly at which the adoption of any proposed
policy, position, resolution, rule, regulation, or formal action occurs or at
which a majority or quorum of a body of the general assembly is in
attendance or expected to be in attendance can only be held after full and
timely notice to the public. In addition, the COML requires that minutes
of the meeting be taken and promptly recorded.
The bill makes several changes and clarifications concerning the
application of the COML to the general assembly and its members.
Specifically, the bill provides that, for purposes of applying the notice and
minutes provisions under the COML, a quorum of a state public body of
the general assembly must be contemporaneous.
Additionally, the bill establishes that written communication,
electronic or otherwise, exchanged between members of the general
assembly are not subject to the COML but any records of the
communications are subject to disclosure to the extent required by the
Colorado Open Records Act.
The bill also defines public business, for purposes of the
application of the COML to the general assembly, as introduced
legislation, including bills, resolutions, and memorials, or other matters
before a statutory committee, any type of interim committee, or a
committee of reference. However, public business does not include
matters that are by nature interpersonal, administrative, or logistical or
that concern personnel, planning, process, training, or operations, as long
as the merits or substance of matters that are expressly defined as being
public business are not discussed.

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