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4D0141DB5CC3FB1C872585E7006CC3E8 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For UNIFORM PUBLIC EXPRESSION PROTECTION ACT

JOINT COMMITTEE COMMITTEE ON COLORADO COMMISSION ON UNIFORM STATE LAWS
Date Sep 18, 2020      
Location HCR 0112



Uniform Public Expression Protection Act - Commission Discussion Only


01:48:03 PM  

There was no public testimony on this agenda item. Commissioner Tipper shared a quick comparison of the act to recently enacted Colorado law, section 13-20-1101, C.R.S. (House Bill 19-1324). In principle, both are similar, but there are portions of Colorado law that are not in the uniform law and vice versa, such as certain aspects of admissibility of evidence, public interest and business exceptions, and excluding media and publishers from being able to rely on the public interest exception.  The commission noted that the 2019 bill's sponsor is willing to take a closer look at the uniform act and bring it to stakeholders but it will take time. The commission also noted that the stakeholders worked hard to pass the 2019 bill and the bill passed with only three no votes.

      The commission will not move forward with the act at this time but may consider bringing it back next year if there is interest or need. In the meantime, Commissioner Levy will ask ULC staff to do a comparison of the uniform act to Colorado law and the commission will try to obtain feedback on how well the Colorado law is working.






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