Colorado GOP May Run Out The Clock On Civil Unions Bill

Despite the important victory last night, the fate of Colorado’s civil unions bill still faces several hurdles in the Republican-controlled House. To pass before lawmakers adjourn next week, it must advance through two more committees and make it to a floor vote by Tuesday. As Andrew Bateman notes at ColoradoPols, the GOP leadership has multiple tactics it could employ, such as the committee chair waiting 72 hours to sign the bill, the Majority Leader not scheduling a floor vote, or the Speaker requiring it to advance through additional committees. In his January State of the State address, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said “It’s time to pass civil unions,” and should the House let the bill die, he could call for a special session to make sure the legislature finishes its business.