Colo. lawmakers kill Ariz.-style immigration bill

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers have killed a bill that would have copied Arizona’s immigration law.

A House committee unanimously voted to kill the bill today at the request of the sponsor, Republican Rep. Randy Baumgardner.

Baumgardner says he acted because of the cost taxpayers would face if the law is challenged.

Baumgardner’s proposal would give law enforcement the authority to arrest people they suspect are in the country illegally.

Senate Republicans have a similar proposal pending and say they intend to go forward with it. Another immigration proposal would require state employers to use E-Verify to confirm a worker’s legal status.

Immigrant rights advocates protested the bills Monday outside the Capitol.


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