Section 1 creates the office of legislative workplace relations (office) within the office of legislative legal services and makes the records of that office exempt from public inspection. The office is charged with handling employee relations, including the handling of complaints under the workplace expectations and workplace harassment policies. Records of the office related to complaints, investigations, and other inquiries are exempted from the definition of public records and are not subject to public inspection; except that the office is required to release an annual statistical report of the numbers of complaints received and their resolution. In addition, if a workplace harassment committee finds that it is more likely than not that a legislator violated the policy, the committee must release the report unless it decides by a two-thirds vote not to do so.
Section 2 allows a state public body to meet in executive session to consider a matter related to the workplace harassment or workplace expectations policies of the general assembly.
Section 3 makes a conforming amendment in the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA), clarifying that all custodians are required to deny a request to inspect records that are created or provided by the general assembly's office of legislative workplace relations and that relate to complaints, investigations, or inquiries or requests related to workplace harassment or conduct under the general assembly's policies.
Section 4 provides that a disclosure of an intimate relationship filed in accordance with a policy of the general assembly is part of an individual's personnel file, and therefore not subject to public inspection under CORA.
Section 5 appropriates $221,925 to the legislative department for the new office.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)