Recall ruling for John Morse, Angela Giron expected Thurs. afternoon

DENVER - A judge is expected to rule Thursday afternoon whether two Democratic senators facing recalls over their support for new Colorado gun restrictions will face voters soon, or if their legal challenge can stop their proceedings.

Colorado Springs Senate President John Morse and Pueblo Senator Angela Giron argue the recall petitions against them are invalid because they were improperly worded and didn't ask for an election to appoint a successor.

Supporters of the recall maintain their petitions are valid. The Secretary of State's office has agreed and is seeking a court order to force Gov. John Hickenlooper to set an election date. The judge will also rule on that petition Thursday.

If a recall election is set, it will be the first recall election of a state lawmaker in Colorado.