COLORADO CHANGES PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE REQUIREMENTS
Colorado recently passed House Bill 19-1087 changing notice requirements for public meetings of local public bodies, including municipalities, counties, school boards, and special districts. The intent of the change is for local governments to transition from posting physical notices of public meetings to posting notices on the website and social media account or other official online presence of the local government.
Under Colorado’s Open Meetings Law, local public bodies are required to post notices (agendas) of public meetings at least 24 hours in advance of the meetings. Historically, such postings were to be made by hard copy in designated public places within the boundaries of the local government. HB 19-1087 will allow local public bodies to satisfy the notice requirement by posting the agenda on a public website of the local government, at least 24 hours in advance of the public meeting. Such online posting may be in addition to or in lieu of the physical posting. A local public body that posts agendas on its website must provide the website address to the Department of Local Affairs and shall designate a public place within its boundaries at which it may post agendas at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting if it is unable to post online in exigent or emergency circumstances such as a power outage.
HB 19-1087 also changes the statutory public meeting notice requirements specific to Colorado special districts by eliminating certain specific posting requirements and the 72-hour advanced notice requirement for special meetings. Under HB 19-1087, special districts need only comply with the public meeting notice requirements of the Open Meetings Law.
HB 19-1087 will become effective on August 2, 2019.
For more information about HB 19-1087 or municipal or special district law generally please contact in our Glenwood Springs office David McConaughy (970-925-1936 ext. 810, ), Nicole Garrimone-Campagna (970-925-1936 ext. 811 ) or Haley Carmer (970-925-1936 ext. 815, ) and in our Avon office Paul Wisor (970-925-1936 ext. 119, ).