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Labor Measure Gets Governor's Signature In Colorado

DENVER (AP) — A bill enhancing labor rights for professional firefighters in Colorado has been signed into law by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The signing on Wednesday puts Hickenlooper in contrast to his Democratic predecessor. Former Gov. Bill Ritter vetoed a similar measure.

The law enhances the rights of professional firefighters to talk about working conditions, even if their communities have voted to ban their use of collective bargaining. Opponents said labor decisions should be a local-control issue.

Hickenlooper at first threatened to veto the measure, but signed it after it was amended to clarify the bill does not give professional firefighters collective bargaining rights.

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