By Paul Simon
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
DENVER – Colorado private investigators Wednesday told state officials getting ready to issue regulations for licenses that they’re on-edge about what they fear will be excessive licensing fees over the next few years and about conflicting statements from regulators about refunds some of them are owed.
Regulators received a bucket-load of comments about the draft rules for licensing experience, surety bonds, a licensing exam, standards of practices and rules of professional conduct. But how much licenses will cost over the next three years and the refunds due to those who paid for voluntary licenses dominated much of the 2.5 hour session.
“You guys have to make this palatable,” investigator Dean Beers pleaded, adding that the escalating fees was a key reason the voluntary licensing program failed. He said he’s received “dozens and dozens of emails” about the issue. He said regulators should anticipate costs over the next three years and set a licensing fee that won’t escalate dramatically year-to-year, as the fees for the voluntary program did.