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May 23, 2011 7:52 PM by John Romero

Anti-TABOR lawsuit to be filed in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Republican and Democratic lawmakers are challenging Colorado's strict and tax-and-spending limits in federal court.

The group of more than 30 current and former public officialssay they were filing the lawsuit Monday. Among those challenging the Taxpayers Bill of Rights - or TABOR - are Democratic Rep. Andy Kerr of Lakewood and former Republican state Sen. Norma Anderson.

TABOR requires lawmakers to ask voters to raise taxes. It also limits the amount of tax revenue the state can keep and spend. The suit alleges that it violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of a small-R "republican" government where elected representatives make decisions on behalf of voters.

The plaintiffs are being represented by Boulder attorney Herb Fenster, a Republican, along with two Democrats, former Congressman David Skaggs and former state Sen. Mike Feeley of Lakewood.

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