June 20, 2019

SB 11-261: Amending Statutes Addressing the Publication of the Colorado Revised Statutes

On April 25, 2011, Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, and Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, introduced SB 11-261 – Concerning the publication of the Colorado Revised Statutes by persons other than the general assembly. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Committee on Legal Services. The bill amends statutes addressing the publication of the Colorado Revised Statutes to more clearly and appropriately reflect federal copyright law. It repeals the requirement in current law that directs the committee on legal services to copyright the Colorado Revised Statutes, but permits the committee, or its designee, to register a copyright for and on behalf of the state of Colorado in any and all original publications and editorial work that are ancillary to the Colorado Revised Statutes.

Under the bill, other publishers of the Colorado Revised Statutes who use the official text from the statutory database may state that their publications are officially sanctioned. The bill repeals the statutory penalties for the unauthorized publication of copyrighted materials, which provisions have not been employed or enforced in the past. Assigned to the Judiciary Committee; the bill is scheduled for committee review on Monday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Since this summary, the bill has passed its Second Reading the Senate.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.

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