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Issue Briefs

Overview of the Colorado Open Records Act (2016)

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The Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) 1 creates a presumption in favor of public access to government documents. This issue brief addresses CORA’s two threshold questions: 1) what is and is not considered a public record; and 2) which public records are exempt from disclosure. It also briefly outlines CORA’s requirements for responding to an open records request.

Email addresses for the Colorado legislature have changed from the domain to the domain on December 1, 2022. Details
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