State Supreme Court Won’t Consider Governor’s Challenge To Attorney General’s Authority

· Dec. 3, 2015, 10:12 pm
Photo: Cynthia Coffman, John Hickenlooper(AP Photos)
Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, left, and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in file photos.

Colorado’s State Supreme Court won't prevent Attorney General Cynthia Coffman from proceeding with a lawsuit against the federal government at this time. 

Governor John Hickenlooper filed a petition last month arguing that Coffman doesn’t have the authority to sue the federal government without the governor’s consent. 

On Thursday, the Justices declined to hear the matter

Kathy Green, a spokesperson for the Governor's office, says the court has left the matter "undecided."  

"While two justices would have had the Court decide the issue now, the other five justices declined to do so at this point because they believed the governor has 'an adequate alternative remedy,'" she said. 
Now, Hickenlooper’s office says it is considering possible next steps.
Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has angered Hickenlooper joining a multi-state lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s new limitations on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The state is currently working to meet the EPA’s rules.

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