DENVER (AP) — A Colorado bill to compensate victims of a deadly wildfire faces its toughest test yet in a majority Democratic committee.
A committee known for rejecting Republican ideas is scheduled to consider a bill Thursday to lift state liability caps for victims of the Lower North Fork Fire in March, which killed three people and was caused by a prescribed burn on state forest land.
Republican supporters say fire victims should have access to more than the liability cap of $600,000.
Opponents including Republican Attorney General John Suthers say current law rightly prevents an unlimited number of claims that would have to be paid by taxpayers. But sympathy toward fire victims has made it tough for some to vote against the compensation bill.
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