Democratic Reps. Brittany Pettersen and Max Tyler both have bills moving through the state congress. Pettersen put forth a measure to modernize the procedure for honoring requests under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) (HB13-1041). It was unanimously approved by the House Local Government Committee. The bill stops keepers of public records from requiring that people requesting documents under CORA actually show up in person to collect their request. Instead those request documents can use the post office “or by any other practicable means of delivery.”
It also bans a fee for CORA documents to be sent by email. Tyler’s bill to increase funding for the state’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) system was approved by the House Business, Labor & Economic & Workforce Development Committee. HB13-1002, would boost funding for the SBDC system by $1 million over two years.
There are 14 SBDCs around the state that provide information and advice for people starting up and maintaining small businesses. Tyler said that with only $85,000 in state dollars in 2011, companies seeking training and consultation from SBDCs produced 1,700 new jobs, the highest rate of return for any economic development program in Colorado.
The measure passed by a 6-5 party line vote. Tyler proposed a similar bill last year that was defeated.
pennies for community
Green Mountain High School took part in the Penny Harvest program, and raised $200 to donate to the community.
The Penny Harvest is a program from the Young Philanthropist Foundation.
The schools have been collecting pennies since August.
The Lakewood Arts Council is hosting its annual sale of art supplies and art work during the month of February.
The sale will be at the LAC Gallery, 85 S. Union Blvd. Paints, pencils and pastels, canvases and other art supplies will be on sale, as well as original artwork and clothing. For information, call 303-980-0625 or visit www.lakewoodartscouncil.org.
The Edge Theater, 1560 Teller St., is hosting auditions 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, for “Murder at Café Noir,” a musical that will be produced by Cynergie Creations.
The show will run at the Briarwood Inn in Golden from April 5 through May 4.
Actors should bring a headshot and resume, and the audition will consist of a reading from the script and a short vocal presentation.