Judge Blocks Enforcement of Ethics Rules

By: AP: Email
By: AP: Email

Denver (AP) A spokesman says Governor Bill Ritter will appeal a Denver judge's order blocking enforcement of part of Colorado's new ethics rules, saying they “went well beyond what was anticipated or intended.''

Ritter spokesman Evan Dreyer says they may appeal directly to the Colorado Supreme Court.

Denver District Court Judge Christina M. Habas issued a preliminary injunction against provisions in the rules than ban gifts, citing ambiguous language.

The rules are contained in Amendment 41, a constitutional amendment approved by voters last November that bans lobbyists from buying meals or any gifts worth more than $50 for state lawmakers.

The amendment also bans gifts to any state employee or their families worth more than $50. Employees of cities or counties with their own ethics guidelines are exempt.

Opponents had asked Habas for an injunction to block enforcement of the rules until they could get a court ruling on whether they are constitutional.


KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 7787111 - nbc11news.com/a?a=7787111
Gray Television, Inc.