(Feb. 5) – A bill to restore the identity of victims of criminal identity theft within the Colorado Bureau of Investigations passed unanimously today in the House Judiciary Committee.
HB13-1146, sponsored by Rep. Steve Lebsock (D-Thornton), would create an additional method for victims of identity theft to challenge relevant public records. Under current law, such challenges may be addressed through the courts. This bill allows a person to pursue a records challenge directly with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), provided fingerprint evidence is submitted with the request.
Rep. Lebsock spoke of his experience as a victim of identity theft in committee and said this is an important step to protect those victims.
“Millions of people each year have their identities used fraudulently,” Rep. Lebsock said. “This bill will help thousands of Coloradans who are victims of criminal identity theft restore their good names.”