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Labor bills heat up in Colorado Senate

12:30 PM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
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The measures could test Democratic solidarity less than two weeks after the party took over complete control of the Legislature. 

One measure would make Colorado a so-called "Right To Work" state. That measure has a Republican sponsor and is unlikely to advance. 

The other proposal before a Senate committee is more acrimonious. It's a proposal to require local governments to allow collective bargaining by professional firefighters, even if local ordinance prohibits it. 

A similar measure divided Democrats four years ago. Both bills face a first hearing Wednesday. If approved, they'd still have to face the entire Senate and then the House.

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