You may get to fill Senate vacancies in Colorado |

You may get to fill Senate vacancies in Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” State lawmakers are considering a bill that would let voters decide who fills any vacancy in a U.S. Senate seat from Colorado, instead letting the governor choose, as current law dictates.

A state Senate committee is scheduled to debate the bill Wednesday.

Republican state Sen. Mike Kopp of Littleton says the choice should belong to voters.

Kopp says Gov. Bill Ritter’s selection of former Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet, who had never held elective office before, stunned even fellow Democrats, who knew little about him.

The bill would require the governor to call a special election within 49 days after a vacancy is announced, unless it’s within 90 days of a general election. In that case, the seat would remain open until the regular election.

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