May 14, 2012
(Denver) – Speaker Frank McNulty opened the legislative special session today the same way he closed the regular session last week – by playing parliamentary games to deny civil unions a simple up-or-down vote in the full House.
By assigning civil unions to the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee this morning, Rep. McNulty (R-Highlands Ranch) is routing the bill to the panel that he routinely used this year to get rid of bills he didn’t like.
“The list of bills that have been killed on party-line votes in State Affairs this year is as long as my arm,” House Democratic Leader Mark Ferrandino said.
SVMA will be the fourth committee to hear the civil unions bill in the House this year. The Judiciary, Finance and Appropriations committees have all voted in favor of it, with bipartisan support.
“Speaker McNulty has fewer and fewer places to hide from progress,” said Rep. Ferrandino (D-Denver), the prime sponsor of the civil unions bill.
“Last week, he didn’t have enough votes to stop civil unions, so he played procedural games to allow his minority to thwart the majority of the House and of the people of Colorado,” Rep. Ferrandino said. “Today, he still doesn’t have the votes, so he assigns civil unions to his kill committee.”
“We have other work to do to clean up the mess Frank left behind when he blew up the democratic process last week,” Rep. Ferrandino said. “But it’s a sad day when the speaker continues to show his disrespect for the people of Colorado.”