2024 Legislative Session

CPA’s contract lobbyist, Jennifer Mello, and CEO Tim Regan-Porter work daily to stay on top of the many bills that are introduced (or may be introuced) in the Colorado legislator. CPA’s advocacy committee meets weekly during session to set priorities, raise concerns and take positions on legislation.

See below for key priorities and legislation we are tracking. Calls for action, when necessary, will be issued via email. If you would like to be on our email list, contact us.

2024 Priorities

For 2024, CPA is working on legislation to support journalism for underserved communities in Colorado. Sponsors have requested late bill approval, but this may become a 2025 priority.

Much of our effort for 2024 is around transparency. Discussions of key bills began in 2023, and numerous other bills include some provisions that impact the public availability of information.

We are always on the lookout for bills that impact the operational and financial health of news organizations, which are often implicated (sometimes inadvertently) in bills that address data privacy, social media, consumer protection, workforce protections, etc.

Key Bills

Here are some of the bills consuming most of our efforts, based on their potential impact on journalism and news organizations. See below for a more extensive bill chart.

  • Open meetings: There are two open meetings bills: SB24-157 and HB24-1303. The former is up for a hearing first. CPA and the broadcasters association are actively engaged in conversations with leadership on that bill. Read more about our position.
  • CORA (HB24-1296): CPA and the broadcasters association have been in conversation with the bill sponsor since late 2023. While some problematic provisions have been improved, very serious concerns remain. We are opposed to the bill as introduced and continue to work to address those concerns. A call-to-action may be forthcoming.
  • Child autopsy reports (HB24-1244):  CPA and the broadcasters association have been in conversation with the bill sponsors and proponents since late 2023. Favorable changes have been made to the bill, but we insist that names remain available as a key piece of public information for the protection of victims of malfeasance by guardians, the state and others. We continue to work on this bill. A call-to-action may be forthcoming.
Bill No.TitleSponsors (House and Senate)DescriptionIntro DateHouse CommitteeSenate CommitteeStatusHearing DateComment
HB24-1022Publish Bill Drafts Online before SessionHouse:
S. Luck (R)
Senate:
Concerning publication of bill drafts online prior to the legislative session.01/10/2024State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations: 02/22/2024  
HB24-1054Jail Standards Commission RecommendationsHouse:
J. Amabile (D)
L. Garcia (D)
Senate:
R. Fields (D)
J. Coleman (D)
Concerning implementation of jail standards in Colorado.01/10/2024Judiciary House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations: 01/23/2024  
HB24-1090Privacy Protections Criminal Justice RecordsHouse:
N. Ricks (D)
B. Titone (D)
Senate:
R. Fields (D)
T. Exum Sr. (D)
Concerning release of identifying information in criminal justice records.01/18/2024JudiciaryJudiciaryGovernor Signed: 02/20/2024 Monitor
HB24-1104Prohibiting Firefighter Personal Information on InternetHouse:
M. Snyder (D)
R. Armagost (R)
Senate:
T. Exum Sr. (D)
Concerning protection of firefighters’ personal information from publication on the internet.01/25/2024JudiciaryJudiciarySenate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended – Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole: 03/20/202403/25/2024Monitor
HB24-1133Criminal Record Sealing & Expungement ChangesHouse:
M. Soper (R)
J. Mabrey (D)
Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
Concerning matters related to access to criminal records.01/29/2024Judiciary House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations: 02/21/2024 Monitor
HB24-1136Healthier Social Media Use by YouthHouse:
J. Amabile (D)
R. Pugliese (R)
Senate:
J. Smallwood (R)
L. Cutter (D)
Concerning measures to encourage healthier social media use by youth, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.01/29/2024EducationEducationIntroduced In Senate – Assigned to Education: 03/12/202403/25/20243/4 Monitor (previously amend)
HB24-1151Disclose Mandatory Fees in AdvertisementsHouse:
N. Ricks (D)
Senate:
T. Exum Sr. (D)
Concerning prohibiting certain consumer transactions that do not include all mandatory charges.01/30/2024Business Affairs and Labor House Second Reading Special Order – Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor: 03/22/202403/25/2024Amend – 3/18
HB24-1168Equal Access to Public MeetingsHouse:
M. Froelich (D)
M. Rutinel (D)
Senate:
N. Hinrichsen (D)
Concerning equal access to public meetings.01/31/2024Transportation, Housing and Local Government House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations: 03/20/2024 Support
HB24-1244Minor Autopsy Report Release RequirementsHouse:
M. Snyder (D)
T. Winter (R)
Senate:
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
R. Gardner (R)
Concerning the circumstances under which an autopsy report prepared in connection with the death of a minor may be released to certain parties.02/12/2024Judiciary House Second Reading Special Order – Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor: 03/22/202403/25/2024Changed to Amend 3/11/24
HB24-1260Prohibition Against Employee DisciplineHouse:
M. Duran (D)
T. Hernandez (D)
Senate:
J. Danielson (D)
Concerning a prohibition against disciplining an employee for refusing to participate in employer speech.02/13/2024Business Affairs and Labor House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations: 03/20/2024 Amend
HB24-1296Modifications to the Colorado Open Records ActHouse:
M. Soper (R)
C. Kipp (D)
Senate:
J. Marchman (D)
Concerning modifications to lessen the burdens of responding to records requests for custodians of records under the “Colorado Open Records Act”.02/14/2024State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations: 03/04/2024 Will go neutral once amendments adopted in first committee
HB24-1303Colorado Open Meetings Law for the General AssemblyHouse:
E. Epps (D)
Senate:
Concerning the applicability of the Colorado open meetings law to the Colorado general assembly.02/14/2024Judiciary Introduced In House – Assigned to Judiciary: 02/14/202403/26/2024Amend – 3/18
HB24-1334Broadband Service for Multiunit BuildingsHouse:
A. Boesenecker (D)
Senate:
C. Hansen (D)
Concerning the authorization of a broadband provider’s installation of necessary broadband infrastructure in multiunit buildings, and, in connection therewith, specifying legal obligations and rights relating to the installation of broadband infrastructure in such buildings.02/23/2024Transportation, Housing and Local Government House Second Reading Special Order – Passed with Amendments – Committee, Floor: 03/22/202403/25/2024 
HB24-1336Sunset Broadband DeploymentHouse:
J. Parenti (D)
Senate:
R. Rodriguez (D)
Concerning the deployment of broadband through grants administered by the Colorado broadband office.02/23/2024Transportation, Housing and Local Government House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Refer Amended to Finance: 03/12/2024  
SB24-064Monthly Residential Eviction Data & ReportSenate:
K. Mullica (D)
House:
S. Bird (D)
Concerning requiring the judicial department to make residential eviction-related information available to the public.01/19/2024 JudiciarySenate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations: 02/07/2024 Support
SB24-084Attorney General Duties to Prevent Mis- & Dis-informationSenate:
L. Cutter (D)
House:
L. Garcia (D)
Concerning a requirement that the attorney general undertake certain measures in an effort to prevent the proliferation of misinformation and disinformation, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.01/24/2024 JudiciarySenate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations: 02/14/2024 Monitor
SB24-132Evaluation Protections & EducatorsSenate:
R. Zenzinger (D)
J. Rich (R)
House:
B. McLachlan (D)
M. Lukens (D)
Concerning extending evaluation protections to all educators.02/07/2024EducationEducationSenate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments: 03/05/202404/03/2024Amend
SB24-153News Access for Consumers Who Are Print-DisabledSenate:
J. Danielson (D)
House:
Concerning free audio news services for persons who are print-disabled.02/07/2024 Business, Labor and TechnologyIntroduced In Senate – Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology: 02/07/202403/28/2024Monitor
SB24-157Colorado Open Meetings Law for the General AssemblySenate:
S. Fenberg (D)
House:
C. deGruy Kennedy (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Concerning clarifying the application of the Colorado open meetings law to the Colorado general assembly.02/13/2024JudiciaryState, Veterans and Military AffairsGovernor Signed: 03/12/2024 Amend
SB24-158Social Media Protect Juveniles Disclosures ReportsSenate:
C. Hansen (D)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
House:
M. Lukens (D)
Concerning social media companies, and, in connection therewith, establishing requirements for the operation of social media platforms by social media companies and authorizing the attorney general to enforce the new requirements under the “Colorado Consumer Protection Act”.02/13/2024 Business, Labor and TechnologySenate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only: 03/19/2024 Amend
SB24-160Records of Workplace Discrimination ComplaintsSenate:
P. Lundeen (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
House:
J. McCluskie (D)
R. Pugliese (R)
Concerning records related to complaints of discriminatory workplace practices.02/15/2024JudiciaryState, Veterans and Military AffairsHouse Second Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments: 03/15/202403/25/2024Neutral
Moved from amend to neutral 3/18