Governor Announces Special Session

By: AP
By: AP

Gov. Owens will call a special session of the legislature to deal with illegal immigration.

It will include a proposal by ballot initiative proponents for a compromise on the issue based on a law passed by the Georgia Legislature.

But Owens spokesman Dan Hopkins says there will also be other issues on the agenda.
He says the governor hasn't ruled out asking lawmakers to send a proposal to voters this fall.

Owens will announce the details of his agenda later today. Meanwhile, the two groups on opposite sides of the immigration debate say they've reached some common ground.

On one side is Defend Colorado Now, a group that backed asking voters to amend the constitution to deny most state services to illegal immigrants. On the other is Keep Colorado Safe, which has been fighting the proposal.

The state Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its decision to block the proposal from appearing on November's ballot. But with Gov. Owens considering calling lawmakers back to work to send something similar to the ballot, both sides agreed that lawmakers could hash out a better solution.

The groups want lawmakers to consider a law modeled after one passed in Georgia. It would crack down on both employers who hire illegal workers as well as illegal immigrants applying for state services.

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