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HB20-1287

Colorado Rights Act

Concerning enforcement of Colorado constitutional rights in Colorado state courts.
Session:
2020 Regular Session
Subjects:
Civil Law
Courts & Judicial
Bill Summary

The bill allows a person who has a right, privilege, or immunity secured by the Colorado constitution that is infringed upon to bring a civil action for the violation. The attorney general can also bring an action under the same circumstances. A plaintiff who prevails in the lawsuit is entitled to reasonable attorney fees, and a defendant in an individual suit is entitled to reasonable attorney fees for defending any frivolous claims. Qualified immunity and a defendant's good faith but erroneous belief in the lawfulness of his or her conduct are not defenses to the civil action. The civil action has a two-year statute of limitations. The bill requires a public entity to indemnify its public employees in a claim unless the employee is convicted of a crime related to the claim.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status

Introduced
Lost

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Sponsors

Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. M. Soper
Sen. P. Lee, Sen. V. Marble

Sponsor

Rep. D. Williams

Co-sponsor

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