Public Notices in Newspapers

Sen. John Cooke’s bill narrowing county disclosure requirements set for Colorado House floor hearing

By Tyler Silvy (April 07, 2018)

Two records-related bills sponsored by Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley, could come to the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives this week.

Cooke’s own bill, Senate Bill 156, co-sponsored by Rep. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood, would allow counties to publish salary reports once per year instead of twice per year, and in 2020, would remove the requirement that those reports be published in a newspaper.

A previous version of Cooke’s bill also cut down the number of times counties must publish expense reports to once annually from once per month.

The current iteration still allows counties, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, to publish the expense report, salary report and financial statement on a county website with a link to the report published in at least one legal newspaper, according to the bill summary.

The amended bill passed the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee 6-2 on Wednesday, and it’s scheduled to be heard on the House floor Monday.

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Colorado Legislature Considers ‘Public Notices’ in Newspapers

By Jeffrey A. Roberts (April 05, 2018)

State lawmakers took another step Wednesday toward phasing out the required publication of county public notices in Colorado newspapers.

The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee passed an amended version of Senate Bill 18-156 on a 6-2 vote. Some committee members voted in favor of the measure while acknowledging that some newspapers may be hit hard by the loss of revenue.

“The last thing I want to do is contribute to what we’ve seen as a struggle for the newspaper industry to keep doing what they do, which is providing vital information to folks across the state,” said Rep. Chris Kennedy, the Lakewood Democrat who is sponsoring the bill in the House. “But I have to weigh that and balance it with how we are asking our counties to publish things that the population really is not looking in their newspaper for these days.”

The bill would change a century-old law that requires each county to publish a monthly expense report and a twice-a-year employee salary report in a local newspaper.

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