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Civil unions heads to Senate floor

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DENVER — Senate Bill 11, which would recognize civil unions between same-sex couples, is heading to the Senate floor for a debate and vote that could happen some time next week.

The measure cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee on a party-line 4-3 vote early Thursday morning.

Unlike last week’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, there was no public testimony before this panel that focuses mainly on the fiscal impact of the legislation.

With Democrats holding a 20-15 majority in the Senate, the legislation is a slam-dunk to pass the full Senate; and the House is certain to pass the legislation with Democrats holding a 37-28 majority in the Capitol’s lower chamber.