Next week is "Sunshine Week," celebrating transparency in government. In Colorado, the Colorado Open Records Act, or CORA, and the Colorado Open Meetings Law, or COML.
Before CORA was formalized in 1969, a citizen's ability to access public records was at the discretion of the custodian of the records.
A few years back, we had issue with a local school board on behalf of the public and were met with objection to obtaining emails between members because one member used a private email account.
Remind you of anyone in the news recently?
Fortunately, we were able to obtain all we needed to shine some light on the actions of the board.
Simply put, with some qualifications, any entity required or authorized by law to be involved in the receipt or expenditure of public funds is subject to CORA.