Colorado

A snapshot of ethics practices in Colorado

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Colorado is one of 27 states in which no outside agency oversees ethical conduct of state legislators. It is one of 8 of those states where any outside oversight for members of the legislature is lumped in with the responsibilities of the secretary of state or attorney general.

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What, if any, ethics agency exists in the state?

None.

If the above agency does not oversee legislators, is legislative oversight defined in statute?

Yes. Colorado has a board of ethics for the General Assembly, enabled by Colorado Revised Statutes s.24-18-113. The board consists of four legislative members. This board is not an ongoing or standing committee or board. The statute provides the ability for the board to be formed as needed.
http://64.78.178.125/cgi-dos/statdspp.exe?LNP&doc=24-18-113

Are there state statutes that address ethical conduct for legislators?

Yes. Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 24, Article 18, "Standards of Conduct" applies to legislators.
http://64.78.178.125/cgi-dos/stattocp.exe?P&ttl=24&art=18

When were the ethics statutes enacted?

1988

Where do legislators file outside interest disclosures?

Colorado Secretary of State. See Info Resources.

Where do legislators file campaign finance disclosures?

Colorado Secretary of State, Elections Center
http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/main.htm

Where are lobbying disclosures filed?

Colorado Secretary of State, Elections Center
http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/main.htm

Note: Some information provided by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws' "Ethics Update" 2000. For more information or to purchase the reference, visit www.cogel.org.