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Hickenlooper sidesteps Civil Rights Commission appointment rejection

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Gov. John Hickenlooper sidestepped Republicans' rejection of a reappointment made earlier this month to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. That seven-member body is charged with adjudicating discrimination complaints in employment and some educational contexts.

State Senate Republicans declined to reappoint Heidi Jeanne Hess, formerly an organizer with One Colorado, the state's largest LGBTQ advocacy group, to the commission. The rejection ruffled Democratic feathers, given reappointments are usually rubber-stamped, and the senators, mostly male, were shutting out a lesbian in what some felt was an act of discrimination.

According to The Denver Post, the governor has effectively kept Hess on the commission, in her capacity as chair, by simply not removing or replacing her. State law holds that the last person to hold the seat keeps it until a successor is named.


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