Feb 9, 2010 12:21 PM by Associated Press
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter plans to take a dispute over campaign finance laws straight to the state Supreme Court.
Ritter's chief legal counsel Trey Rogers says the governor is asking the court to determine if state campaign finance laws are unconstitutional in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Under the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling, big business and unions can now directly spend unlimited amounts to produce and run their own campaign ads despite a state ban in Amendment 27 approved by Colorado voters in 2002.
House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann, D-Louisville, says lawmakers are drafting a resolution supporting Ritter's decision to take the dispute to court Tuesday.