By Paul Simon
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
DENVER ─ The push to require private investigators in Colorado to obtain licenses from the state became a formal campaign Tuesday with the introduction of legislation in the state legislature.
If Senate Bill 133 is approved, all private investigators performing investigative work in Colorado – or simply representing themselves as private investigators – would be required to be licensed or face legal penalties for failing to do so. The program regulated by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) would be by license fees and charges for fingerprinting and background checks.
The bill would eliminate the voluntary licensing program enacted 1½ years ago that has seen limited participation and that is running an estimated deficit of $40,000.
The measure is sponsored by Sen. Linda Newell, a Democrat from Littleton, and Rep. Jovan Melton, a Democrat from Aurora. It was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Newell is the committee’s vice-chair. The chair is Sen. Lucia Guzman, Democrat of Denver. Members are Sens. Michael Johnston, Democrat of Denver, Steve King, Republican of Grand Junction and Kevin Lundberg, Republican of Berthoud. The committee hearing on the bill has not yet been set.