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Local Government Employee Whistleblower Protection

Concerning the establishment of whistleblower protection for public employees not employed by the state.
2016 Regular Session
Local Government
Bill Summary

The bill prohibits a county, municipality, or local education provider (local government) from initiating or administering disciplinary action against an employee on account of the employee's disclosure of information. 'Disclosure of information' means 'the written provision of evidence to any person, or the testimony before any committee of the general assembly, regarding any action, policy, regulation, practice, or procedure, including, but not limited to, the waste of public funds, abuse of authority, or mismanagement'. To be protected, the employee must make a good faith effort to provide his or her supervisor or appointing authority or the governing body of the local government with the information to be disclosed prior to the time of its disclosure.

The bill sets up a process where an administrative law judge may consider an employee's written complaint of a violation of the prohibition against retaliating for the disclosure of information, but this process is only available if the local government does not object. Otherwise, the employee may bring an action in the appropriate district court of the state alleging a violation of the prohibition.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




Bill Text

Pursuant to HJR20-1007, the Second Regular Session of the 72nd General Assembly is Temporarily Adjourned until 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2020. 

COVID-19 Resources

Temporary Guidelines for Review and Comment Meetings

The legislature will meet in limited session on Monday, March 30th. The Capitol will be open for the duration of the session for those with essential business related to the session. The building will not be available for public tours. People without essential business are encouraged to access the session through the General Assembly website and Colorado Channel.  Anybody with essential business related to the session will be required to practice appropriate social distancing measures.