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Senate Shenanigans: Ulibarri amendment momentarily guts Neville ‘right to work’ bill

Author: Kara Mason - February 19, 2016 - Updated: February 19, 2016

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An anti-union right to work bill sponsored by state Sen. Tim Neville, R-Littleton, was briefly turned on its head Friday in the Republican-controlled Senate when an amendment submitted by pro-labor Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Westminster, gained unanimous support even though it stripped Neville's bill, SB16-070, of all the crucial right-to-work language that defined it. Neville, speaking from the dais, told his members it was a friendly amendment and then, in what Ulibarri later tongue-in-cheek called a "kumbaya moment," the full membership of the sharply divided chamber voted to gut Neville's bill and to add protections for workers who support union policies against employer retaliation. Democrats, their faces painted in broad smiles, huddled around the front of the chamber. Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley, acting as a chair of the committee of the whole, called for a short recess, and Republicans regrouped.

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Kara Mason

Kara Mason

Kara Mason covers southern Colorado, Aurora and statewide issues for ColoradoPolitics.com. She also writes for the Aurora Sentinel.