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Lower North Fork Fire (credit: CBS)

Lower North Fork Fire (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (AP) – A compromise proposal to allow Colorado wildfire victims to seek state compensation in excess of liability limits remains on track for approval in the Legislature.

A Senate committee voted 5-0 Monday in favor of a bill to retroactively add state-set wildfires to the list of state immunity exemptions. The change would give victims of the recent Lower North Fork Fire the chance to seek state compensation beyond a $600,000 liability cap.

The measure already cleared the House and appears likely to reach the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper, who supports the compromise.

A separate bill pushed by House Republicans on fire liability was amended by the Senate committee, giving that measure a longer road to becoming law.

LINK: House Bill 1361

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