Ethics Tutorial - Colorado General Assembly
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Statutory provisions governing standards of conduct for public officials proscribe certain acts related to contracts and claims. Section 24-18-201, C.R.S., prohibits members of the General Assembly (among other public officials) from being "interested in any contract made by them in their official capacity or by any body, agency, or board of which they are members or employees".
This statute sets forth several exclusions to the definition of “contract”, such as:
Contracts made in violation of these laws are voidable, and the transgressor may be subject to criminal penalties and an additional fine.
Legislative contract in which member may be interested
Using a competitive bidding process, the state of Colorado (acting through the Legislative Council of the General Assembly) will be considering proposals from vendors for a contract to create an innovative new mobile device application (or “app”) that will compile and categorize all the committee and floor votes cast by Colorado state legislators each session. You are currently a member of the Colorado State Senate and serve on the Legislative Council, which is responsible for both reviewing proposals from vendors that seek to perform services for the General Assembly and for making the final selection of a vendor. You are also the 51% owner of a closely held software development corporation, AppMaker, which builds customized apps for a variety of purposes. AppMaker’s other shareholders want to submit a bid for the contract.
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Last updated: 09 OCT 2015
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