Plan To Let Voters Fill Senate Vacancies Killed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) State lawmakers have killed a bill that would’ve allowed voters to decide who fills any vacancy in a U.S. Senate seat from Colorado, instead letting the governor choose as current law dictates.

Republican state Sen. Mike Kopp of Littleton said Gov. Bill Ritter’s selection of former Denver public schools superintendent Michael Bennet, who had never held elective office before, stunned even fellow democrats, who knew little about him. But Kopp said lawmakers had a higher duty to voters.

The senate state, veterans & military affairs committee killed the measure Wednesday on a 3-2 party-line vote.

Democratic Sen. Bob Bacon of Fort Collins said a vote for the bill would’ve been interpreted as a rebuke of Ritter’s choice to fill the vacancy created when Democratic U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar resigned to become interior secretary.

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