Advocacy

Colorado Press Association steadfastly supports the public’s right to know and the journalist’s right to report. Each year the CPA also focuses on and becomes party to court cases of industry importance, ensuring our members are proactively protected from damaging policy and court decisions. CPA’s public policy team protects your media-related interests in the state and national capitols.

As the trade association for print and digital news media in Colorado and a 501(c)(6) nonprofit authorized to lobby in support of our members, the Colorado Press Association advocates for the rights of a free press at local, state and national levels and promotes the vital role of the press in a democratic society to the public at large. By advocating for legislation, we work to ensure that governments operate transparently, that the public has access to the information about government activities and that journalists are able to do their work unimpeded.

2022 Priorities

 

Key Proactive Priorities

Supporting Local News (HB22-1121): This bill provides tax credits to small businesses for advertising in local news outlets and to individuals who subscribe or donate to local news organizations. See the dedicated bill page for bill language, FAQs, fact sheets and more, 

Open Records Reform: CPA is working with sponsors on a bipartisan bill that would align timeframes and other regulations around criminal records under CCJRA with CORA requirements, require more transparency from agencies on cost estimates, address email retention, and bring down or eliminate costs for requests in the public interest (including those from news media).

Key Defensive Priorities

  Recycling bill: A forthcoming Enhanced Producer Responsibility bill that would require producers of certain goods to take responsibility for the recycling costs of their products. Early drafts have included newspapers and magazines. Based on 2022 rates in British Columbia (the only active program that includes newsprint), this could result in a fee that would raise the effective price of newsprint by 50%, which would be extremely detrimental to members. We are working with proponents to add newspapers to exempted products, which already include books. Like books, newspapers are products, not packaging. Further, it is a product that is 100% biodegradable with high recycling rates. For decades, newspapers have worked to make their products increasingly environmentally friendly and have been at the forefront of proactive programs in that regard. According to the EPA’s own data, newspapers comprise less than 1.7% (down from 4.6%in 1995) of municipal solid waste. We are hopeful that the bill’s proponents will see the logic in excluding newspapers and will keep members apprised of the status of this bill.

  Public notices Public notices are an important component of transparency into government activity and many business activities of public interest. We are committed to not only defending these notices but proactively promoting their role in keeping the public informed.

This week at the Legislature, 4/11/2022

➢ Recycling Bill to return to committee with amendment to exempt local newspapers

➢ Outreach to members of the House to support HB22-1121 Supporting Local Media Bill as they make budgeting decisions

➢ Supporting Local Media Bill to be heard in the House Appropriations Committee, likely in late April

➢ CORA/CCJRA reform bill work continues

Email updates: March 3rd, March 11, March 31

For more information on the Colorado Press Association’s legislative efforts, please reach out to CEO, Tim Regan-Porter at ceo@colopress.net
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