DENVER - A petition for the recall of Pueblo State Senator Angela Giron will move forward after the Secretary of State announced Monday that he has verified the signatures.
It is the second such petition to be verified. Giron becomes the second Democratic state senator who supported gun control legislation in the last session to face a recall.
The organizers of the effort to recall Giron submitted their collected signatures on June 10. The Secretary of State reviewed those signatures, resulting in 818 being declared invalid and 12,648 being declared valid.
To move forward, the petition needed just 11,285 valid signatures, or 25 percent of all votes cast in the last election in Giron's Senate District 3.
Giron is allowed to file a protest with the Secretary of State within 15 days to challenge the validity of the petition. If that protest is unsuccessful or is not pursued, the governor will be responsible for setting a date for the recall election.
State Senate President John Morse, of Colorado Springs, has already vowed to challenge the recall petition targeting him.
Morse's attorney, Mark Grueskin, said the recall petition has a fatal law -- it never mentions there would be an election to fill the senator's seat, which is required by the Colorado Constitution.
Two other recall attempts against Democratic lawmakers have fallen short of this stage.