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Apr 26, 2013 7:17 AM by Jeff Langan

Colorado Democrats closer to labor showdown

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Democrats are closing in on a possible showdown with the governor over a labor measure.

House and Senate negotiators planned to meet Friday morning to hammer out differences on a bill to enhance labor rights for professional firefighters. The bill would apply even to communities that have voted to ban collective bargaining by firefighters.

The measure is a similar version of a proposal vetoed in 2009 by former Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter. Gov. John Hickenlooper has threatened to veto this year's version, too.

Both chambers must agree to the exact wording of a bill before sending it to the governor.

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