DENVER — Governor John Hickenlooper has vetoed a bill that would have restricted public access to autopsy records.
SB 18 – 223 would have restricted the release of autopsy records of minors in Colorado.
The legislation was supported by some coroners in the state as well as some families of victims. The legislation was opposed by many journalists including the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition.
“History shows that bringing tragedies to the public’s attention is the greatest catalyst for public policy change,” Hickenlooper wrote in his veto letter.
FOX31 Political Reporter Joe St. George spoke to the governor prior to his decision about his thinking on open records laws and this bill: