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Bill Detail: HB20-1287

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Title Colorado Rights Act
Status House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Civil Law
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors P. Lee (D)
V. Marble (R)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/04/2020
Description

The bill allows a person who has a right, privilege, or immunity
secured by the Colorado constitution that is infringed upon to bring a civil
action for the violation. The attorney general can also bring an action
under the same circumstances. A plaintiff who prevails in the lawsuit is
entitled to reasonable attorney fees, and a defendant in an individual suit
is entitled to reasonable attorney fees for defending any frivolous claims.

Qualified immunity and a defendant's good faith but erroneous belief in
the lawfulness of his or her conduct are not defenses to the civil action.
The civil action has a two-year statute of limitations. The bill requires a
public entity to indemnify its public employees in a claim unless the
employee is convicted of a crime related to the claim.

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