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SB16-056: Enhanced Whistleblower Protections

Government Transparency
Bill Number: SB16-056
Year: 2016
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: P. Lee / K. Lambert


The bill broadens the protections of the state whistleblower
protection law by specifying that no appointing authority or supervisor
may take disciplinary action against a state employee for disclosing
information that is not subject to public inspection under the Colorado
Open Records Act, or that is confidential under any other provision of
law, to any of the following state entities that are designated as
whistleblower review agencies:
• The office of legislative legal services;
• The state attorney general; or
• The commission on judicial discipline.
The bill requires whistleblower review agencies to:
• Confer with each other within 30 days of receiving
information and agree on whether information disclosed to
a whistleblower review agency is confidential under law
and, if so, to maintain the confidentiality of information if
required by law;
• Release information to members of the general assembly
and to the public if information is determined to be
• Maintain records of information disclosed to whistleblower
review agencies and the decisions of the whistleblower
review agencies with respect to the information; and
• Designate a person or persons as a point of contact for
whistleblower review agency activities and publicize the
Within 60 days after receiving any information, a whistleblower
review agency may confer with and transfer the information to the entity
having jurisdiction or authority to investigate any allegation of unlawful

Current Status:

Governor Signed (06/10/2016)

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