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Twice before, the General Assembly has considered legislation that purported to allow local governments (municipalities and counties) in Colorado the ability to set a minimum wage different than the state minimum wage. Each time, the legislation failed in a split legislature. In 2019, a different outcome is likely.Read Legislative Matters
Digital motion pictures subject to municipal use taxes in Aurora case
January 6, 2020
On two prior occasions, the Colorado Court of Appeals has affirmed that motion picture film reels obtained by commercial movie theaters are subject to municipal use taxes. Now that the technology has changed and most theaters have switched to digital projection, the result is the same. The data file on the hard drive leased to the movie theater remains tangible personal property subject to use taxes, so said the court of appeals on January 2 in a case arising out of the City of Aurora. As in the earlier cases, the court went on to hold that the rental of the digital files by the theaters cannot be viewed as a purchase for resale, nor are the digital files viewed as part of a manufacturing process. Finally, there is no “double-taxation” problem when patrons are charged a sales or admission tax to view the movie. The use tax on the value of the data files is paid by the business. The admissions tax on the privilege of viewing the movie is paid by the customers.
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Petition to Overturn Tenth Circuit Adoption of Repeated Violations Doctrine in ADA Claims
December 12, 2019
Earlier this year, the Tenth Circuit implemented the repeated violation doctrine with respect to violations of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in a case involving a dispute with a resident of Trinidad over the city’s sidewalk system. The resident identified numerous city sidewalks and curb cuts that allegedly violated the ADA and presented these to city council; but then the citizen waited for over two years before suing in federal court. The Tenth Circuit held that each day there is a violation of Title II of the ADA is a repeated violation, which prevents the statute of limitations from running until the violation no longer exists. The U.S. Supreme Court denied cert on December 9, 2019, and the case is headed back to District Court on the merits. A fundamental question remains lingering on remand that makes this a case worth watching: Is a municipal sidewalk system a type of “program, service or activity” that is even covered by Title II?
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Daily Camera Files Suit to Compel CU Boulder Board of Regents to Disclose Finalists in University Presidential Search
October 17, 2019
The Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) and Open Meetings Law (OML) require all public bodies in the state to announce the “finalists” when filling an “executive position.” These laws typically apply to municipal governing bodies when hiring a city manager or town administrator. A recent case arising out of the University of Colorado may affect how municipalities understand and apply these laws.
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