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Apr 30, 2012 4:24 PM by Matt Stafford

Bill to pay Colo. wildfire victims gets hearing

DENVER (AP) - Republicans are making their case to create a commission to pay victims of a Colorado wildfire southwest of Denver that killed three people and damaged two dozen homes last month.

Republican Attorney General John Suthers opposes the proposal and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has expressed concern. Hickenlooper's office says it believes all but possibly two of the damaged homes are fully insured.

The bill Republicans are proposing would create a commission to pay wildfire victims and hold hearings to investigate how the wildfire happened. A House committee hears the bill Monday afternoon.

Investigators have said there was no criminal wrongdoing surrounding the wildfire. It grew out of a state prescribed burn and cost at least $11 million in property damage.

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