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Colorado PI License Bill Awaits Hickenlooper’s Signature

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Denver, CO

As the final hours of the 2011 Colorado Legislative Session winded down on May 11, 2011, the Colorado House of Representatives voted 59-6 to pass HB11-1195 in consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill. This happened after HB1195 passed through the Senate on a vote of 21-13 on May 9, 2011. For the 2nd year in a row, PPIAC has directly impacted the outcome of a bill in the Colorado Legislature. Last year, HB 10-1012 was successfully defeated with the expertise of Capitol Success Group who identified the swing vote before any other lobbyist group. This year, HB1195 made its way to the Legislature as a somewhat late introduction in February 2011. Throughout the process, HB1195 took the long road by going through 3 House committees and 3 Senate committees, not to mention the House floor and Senate floor votes as well as the House consideration on May 11th. One of the lobbyists joked that HB1195 must have set a record for the number of committees it went through. On May 19, 2011, HB1195 was signed by President of the Senate Brandon Shaffer as well as Speaker of the House Frank McNulty. On that same  day, HB1195 moved to Governor Hickenlooper’s desk for passage into law. Here is a link to the current, and final, version of HB 11-1195 as it will be presented to Governor Hickenlooper.

http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2011a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/36A0D2670890C97F87257817005786ED?open&file=1195_enr.pdf

Being at the cusp of passage, and restoring, of a Colorado private investigator license law has been a process that has been 34+ years in the making. Maybe the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado can make history after all. Of course, these achievements required the work of many. I would like to thank all Colorado private investigators and out of state investigators involved, both PPIAC members as well as those who are not members for the continued support and commitment to raise the standard of professionalism of the investigative profession in Colorado.

Colorado Private Investigator Licensing Update

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011 – Colorado Private Investigator Licensing Bill HB1195 passes through the House, moving on to the Senate 

Colorado is one of only a handful of states without licensing of private investigators – an issue hotly debated, even among those in the field, since licensing ended in 1977.  Recently HB1195 – introduced by the State’s leading professional organization, the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado (PPIAC, www.ppiac.org) – passed through the House Appropriations Committee and on April 4 passed in a House floor vote, 52-13.  It now moves on to the Senate for the next round of debate.

 Backstory:   HB1195 creates a licensing program of the State’s private investigators on a voluntary basis. Most factions (including the Department of Regulatory Agencies, who would oversee the licensing program) agree that oversight of some sort is necessary.  Advanced Private Investigations has noted that HB1195 is a balanced approach that has bipartisan support because of its voluntary aspect. 44 states have mandatory licensing, but no other state has voluntary licensing. PPIAC has brought forth mandatory licensing attempts before, only to see those attempts fail. A voluntary licensing approach is necessary to get any kind of protection for the public.  The last effort to push a mandatory private investigator licensing bill died in debate a few years ago.  Today, HB1195 represents a middle ground between those who believe that there should be background checks and protection to the public without forcing those who do not care for oversight.  There are investigators working in Colorado who have felony convictions.  Surveillance investigators work in cars, canvassing neighborhood streets.  Some Colorado surveillance investigators even have DUIs.  Currently, there is no easy way for the public to know if an investigator is indeed conviction-free and qualified. This is what HB1195 is about. 

HB1195 is pro-business. It will unite and strengthen Colorado’s career private investigators – those who wish to distinguish themselves from those who may have been drawn to Colorado because it is the most populous state without licensing. If HB1195 passes, no one will have to close their doors or change the way they do business. But it will allow a level of protection to the public via a searchable State-regulated database of professional investigators who have no felony convictions and have met a minimum number of hours in the field. This bill presents a middle ground between protection to the public and a pro-business bill that helps begin to ensure the health of the profession for decades to come. 

In the House, HB1195 was sponsored by Bob Gardner (R) and Su Ryden (D). In the Senate it is sponsored by Linda Newell (D). 

See the Bill in its entirety at:

http://www.leg.state.co.us/CLICS/CLICS2011A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/36A0D2670890C97F87257817005786ED?Open&file=1195_01.pdf