Civil Rights Commission Passes

In a last-minute compromise, state lawmakers re-authorized the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. As Bente Birkeland reports, the deal came together just hours before the legislature adjourned.


The seven-member commission hears civil rights cases in the state. Lawmakers agreed to limit how many from each party can serve – and they added a business representative. Democratic Rep. Leslie Herod says it’s an important compromise.

“We put together I think, a balanced proposal. 1:55- It was a big issue to add a business member. It was a big issue to change the makeup of the commission and to give away the majority power of the majority party.”

Some GOP changes to the nominating process did not pass. The governor would still appoint members and the senate would confirm nominees, but anyone who is rejected could not be reconsidered for at least two years.