Governor Threatens State Court With Special Summer Session

Yesterday the Colorado State Supreme Court said a proposed initiative to limit benefits to illegal immigrants was too broad in scope, saying it could not be on this fall's ballot.

Supporters of the bill say the court overturned the initiative on a technicality, and threatened to hold a special session to create a similar legislature–enacted referendum to be placed on the ballot if the state's highest court does not reverse its' ruling.

State representative Josh Penry says he supports calling a special session if needed to overturn the Court's ruling.

The court ruled that the initiative was so broad it could prevent illegal immigrants from taking title to property they paid for or having access to civil courts. The measure is similar to one passed last year in Arizona. The Court's ruling yesterday could have far–reaching effects across the country as other states consider similar ballot issues.