By Paul Simon
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
DENVER – Legislation requiring Colorado private investigators to get licenses from the state is headed for approval as it cleared two House committees this week.
Championed as a way of combatting the “bad actors” within the profession, the legislation is being pushed along almost entirely by Democrats.
The bill’s sponsor in the House, Democrat Rep. Jovan Melton from Aurora, used the phrase “bad actors” in presenting his legislation to the chamber’s State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. Referring to investigators who act unethically or unprofessionally, the phrase was used repeatedly in support of licensing before the committee voted 8-3 for the measure.
The House Appropriations Committee then quickly advanced the bill, taking less than three minutes before voting 8-5 in favor of moving the bill to the full House.
Voting continued along party lines as it did in the Senate, with a single exception. Democrats support the bill and Republicans oppose it – just one Republican, Rep. Kathleen Conti of Littleton, joined the majority on the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.