Bob Beauprez

We aren't used to hearing about good work coming out of the Colorado State Legislature. But in 1972, one thing we did get right was the establishment of an open meeting law, which ensures all government decisions are made with transparency and accountability. Unfortunately, Governor John Hickenlooper has been unwilling to stand up for Coloradans – and specifically our local media – and their right to open meetings.

Governor Hickenlooper brought the "most transparent administration in history" to Colorado earlier this week, and not only were common-sense and the President's often repeated promise breached, but also the First Amendment of the Constitution and Colorado's quite specific "open meeting" law appear to have been violated.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel visited Northwest Colorado along with our Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper to discuss sage grouse conservation issues. The visit was broadly heralded and publicized and included an open discussion with local elected officials and interested members of the public at the American Legion hall in Craig.

Invitations to the meeting were sent out in advance by Gov. Hickenlooper's office. The Moffat County Commissioners posted the "public notice of the meeting" and invited the public as reported in the Grand Junction Sentinel.

The meeting itself was technically a public meeting of the Moffat County Commission, which beforehand posted a public notice of the meeting, casting it as an open-to-the-public workshop, Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid said.

"We wanted to cover our bases as we knew all three of us would be there," Kinkaid said.

Bob Beauprez

Bob Beauprez is a former member of congress, dairy farmer, community banker, real estate developer, and now a buffalo rancher in Colorado

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