Recall efforts for Colorado state Senators fail

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - The recall efforts for Colorado state Senators Pete Lee, and Brittany Pettersen have been suspended, according to our partners at 9News.

The group behind their recall efforts notified the Colorado Secretary of State that they will not be turning in petition signatures -- Lee's were due Tuesday and Pettersen's were due Monday.

Pete Lee represents parts of El Paso County including Manitou Springs and west Colorado Springs. The petition to recall Lee was filed by Scott David Fisher and it needed 11,304 signatures to get on the November ballot.

According to documents filed with the Secretary of State's office, the petitioners sought to recall Lee because "he sponsored legislation to create a paid family and medical leave program to be funded by a mandatory tax on businesses and employees, disingenuously referring to it as a 'fee' instead of a tax."

That's in reference to SB-188, which ultimately didn't pass the legislature or get signed into law. Lee was a co-sponsor for that bill.

The document also outlines Lee's support for the National Popular Vote compact, oil and gas reform, comprehensive sexual education, and the red flag bill as reasons for recalling him.

It's the latest effort by state lawmakers to try and oust legislators who championed those bills that were denounced by conservative groups.

The recall effort for Gov. Jared Polis was declared over last Friday.

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