By Lynn Bartels and Julia Sunny
Secretary of State Wayne Williams quoted President Lincoln and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” when he testified before a state Senate committee Wednesday on a bill that would modernize Colorado’s open-record laws.
“Ultimately public data belongs to the people and it’s not for government to say, ‘Well, I don’t like what you might do with that information.’ … Too often in government we don’t make information easily accessible to people,” he said.
“This bill makes it easier for Coloradoans to get the documents in a format that they can use. It does it while providing protections for information that should not be disclosed and it is an important step in opening up information that truly belongs, as President Lincoln said, to the people.”
The State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee voted 4-1 to send Senate Bill 40 by Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, to the Appropriations Committee, but only after amendments that could ultimately doom the measure. (Keep reading to see how various media outlets, including Kefalas’ hometown paper, The Coloradoan, covered the hearing.)