First Colorado bills address gay rights, guns and unions

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DENVER (AP) -- Civil unions for same-sex couples, concealed firearms by school employees and proposals about unions are among the first bills introduced in the Colorado Legislature.

The civil unions bill introduced in the Senate Wednesday is likely to pass. It has a Republican co-sponsor in the House.

Democrats are expected to pitch gun-control measures, but so far it's Republicans who are introducing legislation to expand gun rights.

Republicans want to prohibit employers from requiring workers to belong to a union, and Democrats want to allow firefighters to have collective bargaining without approval from local governments.

Other bills address student truancy at schools, a proposed abortion ban, and tax credits wildfire mitigation.

One proposal requires the removal of non-citizens who are registered to vote in Colorado.

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