Colorado Legislative Council Staff
NO FISCAL IMPACT
January 20, 1999
Steve Tammeus (866-2756)
TITLE: CONCERNING LIMITS ON ACCESS TO AN ANIMAL'S VETERINARY RECORDS, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, EXEMPTING CERTAIN RECORDS IN THE CUSTODY OF A STATE INSTITUTION FROM INSPECTION UNDER THE OPEN RECORDS LAW.
Summary of Assessment
This bill exempts from public inspection under the open records law certain veterinary records on animals in the custody of any state institution that provides medical care to animals. The bill requires the animal care provider to make medical records available to the owner or the owner's designated representative. The bill specifies certain conditions, including payment of reasonable costs, for an animal care provider to furnish copies and originals of x-rays, CT SCANS, and other films, and to request return of those items. The bill will become effective 90 days after adjournment unless a referendum petition is filed.
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