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.
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.