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Wildlife Payment Bill Delayed In Colorado

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A man takes pictures of a home destroyed by the Lower North Fork Fire March 28, 2012 in Conifer, Colorado. They are part of the State Wildland Inmate Fire team. The fire which has burned 4,500 acres has claimed two lives and over 20 homes. (Photo by Chris Schneider/Getty Images)

A man takes pictures of a home destroyed by the Lower North Fork Fire March 28, 2012 in Conifer, Colorado. They are part of the State Wildland Inmate Fire team. The fire which has burned 4,500 acres has claimed two lives and over 20 homes. (Photo by Chris Schneider/Getty Images)

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DENVER (AP) — A Colorado bill to compensate victims of a deadly wildfire has been delayed in the Senate.

A committee known for rejecting Republican ideas was scheduled to consider a bill Thursday to lift state liability caps for victims of the Lower North Fork Fire in March. The fire killed three people and was caused by a prescribed burn on state forest land.

But the hearing was canceled without explanation.

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 the state constitution prevents an unlimited number of claims that would have to be paid by taxpayers.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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