Governor John Hickenlooper has called for a special session regarding civil unions. The decision comes the day after Republican leaders in the house filibustered the measure even though it had enough GOP votes to pass that chamber.
A bill that would have allowed civil unions in Colorado failed in the Republican controlled house late Tuesday night despite having enough GOP votes to pass. It happened after a dramatic fallout on the chamber floor, when Republicans recessed the House for several hours as Democrats were trying to call up the bill.
In what could create an historic end to the Colorado legislative session, Colorado’s Civil Unions bill cleared the House Appropriations committee on a 7-6 vote with one Republican supporter. The stage is now set for a possible debate on the house floor which could last well into tonight.
A bill to allow civil unions in Colorado is poised for a showdown in the Republican controlled house in the final days of the state’s legislative session. The measure narrowly cleared two Republican house committees by one vote, last week, and still faces one more committee hearing before it can head to the full floor for debate.