Important Court Ruling in Recall of Anti-Gun Colorado Senators Expected This Afternoon
State Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron are both facing recall elections to defend their senate seats after organizers successfully collected enough signatures to call for a recall election of both senators.
The senators are facing a recall following their support of strict gun control measure in the Colorado State legislature earlier this year. The organizers of the recall claim the lawmakers are out of touch with their constituents and need to be recalled.
However, both senators have challenged the recall efforts in court, saying that the language on the recall paperwork wasn’t 100% correct. The Colorado Secretary of State has already ruled both recall efforts lawful. The SoS has made their own court filings requesting that the court require the governor to set a recall election date.
According to SFGate.com,
Denver District Court Judge Robert Hyatt heard arguments Wednesday and will rule Thursday afternoon whether to grant a preliminary injunction.
Supporters of the recall maintain their petitions are valid. The Secretary of State’s office has agreed and is seeking a court order to force Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to set an election date. Hyatt will also rule on that petition Thursday.
If the recall of either lawmaker is successful it would be the first successful recall of a sitting Colorado lawmaker since the law to allow recalls was put in place over 100 years ago.
Both senators could save the Senate seats for the Democratic party by resigning and allowing new Democratic senators to be appointed to their seats.
Check back later as we’ll post when the judge makes a decision.