Hickenlooper signing first bills into law

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - It's time for Gov. John Hickenlooper to start the most important part of his job - signing bills into law.

The new democratic governor planned to sign his first bills Tuesday. They're all relatively minor matters, but they'll give the new governor a chance to warm up his pen as lawmakers start sending more legislation his way.

Colorado's governor has just 10 days to sign or veto bills after lawmakers send them to him, assuming the Legislature is in session. Colorado has no pocket veto, so bills become law if the governor doesn't sign or veto them.

Both chambers of the Legislature must agree on a single bill before sending it to the governor, a process that can take weeks.

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