Grantham, Lundberg Condemn Party Line Vote On SB14-141

(Denver) – In the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee today legislators heard testimony and voted down SB14-141 – a bill sponsored by Senator Kevin Grantham (R-Cañon City)and Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud) to take a 2-year “time-out” on last year’s HB 1303 and allow officials to conduct all elections under the well-established rules that existed prior to 1303. 

“Election law is a cornerstone of our representative government and should reflect bipartisan consensus, not party line railroading,” said Senator Kevin Grantham. “We have a first class mess on our hands in this state when it comes to election law and SB14-141 would have allowed us to take a truly bipartisan step towards cleaning up the mess. I’m extremely disappointed in my Democratic colleagues for voting this bill down on a party line vote.” 

“Democrats missed a serious opportunity today to begin the process of correcting the mistakes they made in last year’s elections bill,” said Senator Kevin Lundberg. “Even though our bill didn’t make it out of committee, I hope the public is now better informed of the serious election integrity issues we face in Colorado as a result of irresponsible legislation from Democratic lawmakers and Governor Hickenlooper.” 

SB14-141, would have authorized a 2-year “time-out” from the elections mess created by 1303 and allow for creation of a genuinely bipartisan commission to study the election code and recommend changes in a truly bipartisan manner. That commission would follow the model of the very successful Flood Disaster Study Committee in having an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, thereby guaranteeing that only truly bipartisan recommendations can emerge from the group. 

SB14-141 was voted down on a 3-2 party line vote. To read a full version of SB14-141, click here

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