Oct 9, 2013 6:14 AM by Jeff Langan

Colorado Senate Democrats selecting new leader

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Senate Democrats are selecting a new leader to replace former chamber President John Morse, who was ousted last month in a recall over new gun restrictions.

Democrats are meeting Wednesday morning to vote for a lawmaker from their party to take over Morse's position. The Senate President has the power to appoint lawmakers to committees and can control the fate of a bill by picking the committee where legislation is assigned.

Morse, of Colorado Springs, and Pueblo Democratic Sen. Angela were voted out of office last month. They joined other Democrats this year in passing limits on the size of ammunition magazines and expanding background checks to private and online firearm sales.

Republicans gained two lawmakers in the Senate with the recalls, but Democrats still control the chamber by one vote.


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