CORA fees bill passes 2nd reading in Senate

DENVER - State senators have advanced a bill proposing to limit research costs under Colorado's Open Records Act. The amended bill passed its second reading in the Senate Monday morning.

The original version of the bill capped hourly research fees at four times the state minimum wage. The Senate version caps fees at $30 per hour.

Under the current proposal, the first hour is free.

"What we're trying to achieve is to standardize the amount that public entities can charge for CORA requests," said bill sponsor State Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat from Thornton.

The initial version of the bill cleared the House with bipartisan support.

Known as "CORA," the Colorado Open Records Act, compels public entities like police departments, state agencies, and others to turn over records to citizens who want to see how their government is operating or spending money.

A final reading is required in the Senate before the bill can be sent back to the House for approval of the ammended version.

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