DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s Legislature has passed a bill to allow government bodies to disclose the identity of just a single finalist for an executive position, amending state open records law that currently requires public disclosure of all finalists for taxpayer-funded top positions. The Senate passed the bipartisan bill by a 28-7 vote on Wednesday, sending it to Gov. Jared Polis.

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Bill supporters argued that candidates for positions such as a public university president, city manager or public school superintendent should expect confidentiality and that releasing their names could jeopardize their current jobs.

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Opponents, including the Colorado Press Association and the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, contend the public has a right to know who is being considered for a taxpayer-financed government position.

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The Colorado Open Records Act currently requires that finalists’ identities must be publicly disclosed at least 14 days before a job offer is made. It allows public access to application records submitted by finalists.

The bill also repeals a CORA requirement that if three or fewer candidates meet minimum requirements for a position, they must be treated as finalists under the act and their identities and applications become a matter of public record.

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