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El Paso County Public Trustee Thomas Mowle, left, would be replaced by the county treasurer if a bill seeking to end a century-old practice is passed. Logan County Treasurer Patty Bartlett, right, already is the public trustee for her county.

A bill to strip nearly a dozen century-old patronage appointments from the governor’s office passed a key state Senate committee Monday, the result of key support from Colorado’s top politicos.

The bill — HB19-1295 — aims to convert the 10 county public trustees appointed by the governor to positions held by county-elected treasurers by July 2020.

It passed the House Transportation and Local Government Committee by an 8-3 margin and is headed to the full House.

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