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Denver City Council unanimously approved a proposal to close a loophole allowing campaign spending to go unreported if not coordinated directly with a candidate’s campaign. Individuals, companies, and other organizations making $1,000 in independent expenditures, including electioneering communications, will be […]

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Denver City Council is attempting to close a loophole allowing campaign spending to go unreported if not coordinated directly with a candidate’s campaign. The measure would adopt the state definitions of independent expenditure and electioneering communication. It would also require […]

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The first regular session of the 71st Colorado General Assembly adjourned Wednesday, May 10. Prior to adjournment, lawmakers passed an omnibus spending bill to save Colorado hospitals millions of dollars and reduce Medicaid spending while increasing funding for highway projects […]

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Gov. Hickenlooper recently signed House Bill 17-1051, modernizing the Colorado Procurement Code. Among other changes, the bill exempts grants from the state bidding requirements and makes the Procurement Code of Ethics and Guidelines applicable to state procurement officials, end users, […]

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Denver City Council approved legislation on Monday amending the city gift rules. Council Bill No. 16-1202 establishes a $300 annual limit on meals, tickets, or free or reduced price admissions from persons or donors with a city interest. Officers, officials, […]

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The Denver City Council was expected to accept ethics changes on January 17, but postponed the vote until February 21. New gift rules proposed by Councilman Kevin Flynn will impose a $300 limit per year on what officials and employees […]

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The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission recently issued a position statement notifying home-rule municipalities of its intent to consider ethics complaints against local officials and employees if their local ethics codes are less restrictive than state law. Constitutional Amendment 41, passed […]

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Denver City Council is one step closer to adopting amendments to the city ethics code. Proposed ethics reform would amend lobbyist and gift disclosure rules and increase transparency. Council recently discussed a new dollar limit on event tickets from any […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied the state of Colorado’s petition for review of a 2016 federal appeals court ruling regarding state campaign finance rules. In Coalition for Secular Government v. Williams, the United States Court of Appeals for the […]

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Brian Spano, chairman of the Denver Board of Ethics, has resigned due to a potential conflict of interest. Spano is a law partner with Kristin Bronson, the newly appointed city attorney. Mayor Michael Hancock appointed Bronson in mid-August, and she […]

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After being challenged in court by a lobbyist and political consultant, a proposed Denver ballot initiative was recently withdrawn by its backers. The initiative would have lowered contribution limits for elected officials, banned corporate contributions to candidates, and created a […]

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Boulder City Council has adopted two new ordinances creating a new municipal election code and updating campaign finance rules. The city will no longer be dependent on the state election code, and city staff will no longer need to continually […]

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Denver Councilman Kevin Flynn is drafting legislation to amend the city ethics code. His proposal will establish a monetary gift limit. Officials or employees in a position to take action benefiting a donor would be prohibited from accepting more than […]

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The second regular session of the 70th Colorado General Assembly adjourned on Wednesday, May 11. An expansion of state liquor laws and a bill allowing out-of-state investors to own marijuana shops were some of the measures approved just prior to […]

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