Agreement to reauthorize Civil Rights Commission reached at Capitol

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DENVER -- With just hours to go at the state Capitol lawmakers  reached an agreement to reauthorize the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. It passed shortly before midnight in both chambers.

The role of the commission has been debated heavily by Republicans for years - especially since the commission found a Lakewood baker in violation of civil rights for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple because of his religious beliefs.

Republicans in the state Senate fought hard for the minority party to have more say in who gets appointed to the commission.

Currently the governor can appoint all members with no more than four being Democrats.

An agreement reached late Wednesday would limit the governor from appointing no more than three Democrats to the commission and no more than six from the state’s two major political parties.

Four members must also be from protected classes.

Three members must be considered workers with three members serving as business owners.

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