House Democrats Force Senate to Negotiate Civil Rights Division Reauthorization
The governor currently appoints all seven members of the commission, but that could change under the to-be-debated Senate amendments, which would increase the commission to a nine-member body and divvy up appointments. The governor would appoint five members, and the ranking House and Senate members of the political party opposite the governor's would appoint two members each.
The Senate amendments would also require the commission to include representatives of labor unions, the business sector and government. Members must also represent different political parties and parts of the state.
"I worry that we are going to be overly politicizing and radicalizing the commission in a way that's not effective for Coloradans," Herod says.