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Heated Exchange

By: AP
By: AP

A crude threat by one state lawmaker to another on the floor of the House has forced legislative leaders to remind colleagues of the rules of decorum.

The exchange between Colorado Springs Republican Bill Cadman and Denver Democrat Val Vigil ended Tuesday with Vigil calling Cadman "garbage," and Cadman making an obscene threat.

The dispute occurred during debate on a bill to allow families of fallen soldiers to get a special license plate. Cadman stripped out a provision of Vigil's original proposal during a committee hearing last week.

The provision was reinstated by the full House, angering Cadman, who accused Vigil of trying to change the bill's intent.

The House majority and minority leaders today issued a mild rebuke to both.


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