Today, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission for the first time made its meetings open to the public via video livestream on the internet. The Ethics Commission made the move after Ethics Watch conducted a live demonstration of how easy it is to broadcast via internet at the Commission’s June 30 meeting. The Commission received a state grant over a year ago to broadcast its meetings live via the internet.
“We’re glad the Ethics Commission has finally joined the internet age by broadcasting its meetings on-line,” said Luis Toro, Executive Director of Colorado Ethics Watch. “The Ethics Commission’s meetings are of interest to people around the state, many of whom cannot travel to downtown Denver to watch the meetings in person. Today’s step is a victory for transparency and accountability.”
Colorado Ethics Watch has been monitoring the activities of the Independent Ethics Commission since its inception. It operates a website, Eye on the IEC, dedicated to providing information about the Commission’s activities.
The Independent Ethics Commission was created by Colorado voters in 2006 to hear complaints and issue advisory opinions on ethics laws. State elected officials and employees in the executive and legislative branches, and many county and municipal elected officials and employees, are under the jurisdiction of the Commission.
Watch the livestream of the August 10 meeting here.
Watch Ethics Watch’s demonstration at the June 30 meeting here.