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Private Investigator Licensing Bill Passes in Colorado

  • May 09, 2011
  • by Dean Beers

On behalf of the PPIAC and the Licensing Committee, I am pleased to inform you that:

HB 11-1195 Passed the Senate with a 21 to 13 vote!

The progress has been long and remarkable! On 05/05/2011 the bill passed the Senate Appropriations committee 6 to 4 and had second reading and vote on the Senate floor the same day, passing a voice vote. Today this bill passed the third and final reading and recorded vote 21 to 13!

Colorado will now join 44 other states with professional licensing of private investigators, and is the first state with a unique voluntary licensure. Declared unconstitutional in 1977, the PPIAC was formed in 1978. One of the stated purposes being to bring back professional licensure.

The passing of this bill is a grand slam - but no easy task, and not possible without the support of many. With multiple attempts over the past 34 years, all have failed to make it out of the first committee. This bill passed every committee bi-partisan support and sponsorship.

The PPIAC would like to extend its thanks to the history of the PPIAC, its leaders and membership, for laying the foundation of these efforts; the current leaders and membership for bringing this historical effort to fruition; and our friends and colleagues both in Colorado and nationwide, for the professional and moral support. We extend our thanks to all that have donated financially, as well as of their valuable time and resources.

The PPIAC licensing committee deserves a very special thanks:
Chris Bray, Committee Chair and past PPIAC president
Robert Orozco, PPIAC President
Denny Moses, PPIAC immediate past president
Joe Dickerson, PPIAC immediate past chairman
Tanya Smythe, PPIAC VP of Membership
Andrew Schmidt, PPIAC VP of Legislative Affairs
Stacy Smallwood, PPIAC VP of Training
Cate Dolan, PPIAC Treasurer
Bob Wall, PPIAC Senior Member at Large
Ellis Armistead, PPIAC past chairman
Gene Ferraro, NCISS Chairman and immediate past president
Frank Russell, PPIAC past VP of Training
Steve Glenn
Ryan Johnston

and many, many others - from PPIAC members to non-members, and many from outside of Colorado - that gave of their time, expertise and donations! This effort was renewed by a vote of PPIAC members at the general meeting November 2009, and the committee forming in early 2010. Nearly 18 months for these committee members. This year the PPIAC again retained Nolbert Chavez and Gil Romero, Capitol Success Group, as our lobbyists. Our special thanks to them, especially Nolbert. They were chosen after being instrumental in the success of defeating HB 10-1012, the 'Anti Surveillance Bill' that also revealed the need for professional licensing in Colorado.

On behalf of the board and members of the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado (PPIAC), our thanks to the efforts of our licensing committee, PPIAC membership and other professional investigators in Colorado and nationwide. This includes the support of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS) the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI), World Association of Detectives (WAD) and Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), and many others - including multiple state associations and privacy advocates. Of course, we also wish to thank the bill sponsors:
House Sponsors - Bob Gardner and Su Ryden (added were Mark Barker, Rhonda Fields, Marsha Looper, Nancy Todd, and Mark Waller)
Senate Sponsor - Linda Newell
Thank You for your commitment to our profession and our licensing efforts. Without the work of many, many professionals, this would not be the success it now is!

Written by Dean Beers, PPIAC Board Chairman.

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