Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Democrats gutting immigration compromise

From the Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC):

DENVER, CO: General Assembly Democrats are forcing a last minute bill through the legislature that would weaken provisions of the employer identification law, HB06-1023, passed during last summer’s special legislative session. Members of the Republican Study Committee of Colorado (RSCC) are leading the charge against this change.

The measure, HB07-1314, sponsored by Representative Mike Cerbo (D-Denver) and Senator Peter Groff (D-Denver), extends rule deadlines for the Department of Revenue applicable to the identification of those who receive state benefits. The measure could also allow non-secure documents to be used as valid forms of identification.

The bill is expected to have a 3rd reading vote in the Senate tomorrow, but even on its current fast-track the measure won’t reach Governor Bill Ritter’s desk until the end of the week, failing to properly extend the March 1st deadline outlined in HB06-1023.

Read their full press release here.

Money quote:

“HB07-1314 is a backdoor attempt by the Democrats to reverse last session’s immigration identification laws through bureaucratic technicalities and procedural double speak,” said Lambert.

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