Democratic lawmakers await recall decisions

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's Senate president is awaiting word whether he'll face a recall election over gun control. The secretary of state's office had a Wednesday deadline to decide a challenge from Colorado Springs Sen. John Morse, who says the recall petition against him was improperly worded.

Another lawmaker brings a similar challenge Wednesday. Democratic Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo also wants the secretary of state to throw out a recall petition against her. Giron also says the petition was improperly worded.

A lawyer for Giron argued Wednesday that the office of Secretary of State Scott Gessler should recuse itself from her recall challenge. Giron's lawyer says that Gessler met with the organizers of the Giron recall effort.
A deputy secretary of state is deciding Giron's challenge to the petition language. She told Giron's lawyer that she's never had a conversation with Gessler about the recall, but that a formal decision would come later Wednesday.

The two Democrats could be the first legislators in state history to face recall elections. Gun-rights activists say the two Democrats should be removed for supporting curbs on the Second Amendment. One of the new laws restricts ammunition magazines. Another expands background check requirements.

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