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Compromise reached on Civil Rights Division re-authorization

May 11, 2018

"I think the commission right now is fair and balanced," said Rep. Leslie Herod, Democrat from Denver. She sponsored House Bill along with House Speaker Crisanta Duran and State Senator Robert Gardner.


But Republican State Senator Robert Gardner said that many of his colleagues felt the commission had a blind spot towards conservative viewpoints. The senators wanted the legislature to exert more control over who got picked to serve on the panel.


"That certainly is what my constituents believed," Gardner said.


House Bill 1256 cleared its chamber without making any changes to the nomination process for civil rights commissioners. In the Senate, it picked up several amendments that would have expanded the board from six seats to nine. Leaders in the two legislative chambers would have been empowered to select four of the board's members.



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