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DENVER (AP) - Democrats defeated a Republican proposal to allow voters decide whether to keep Colorado's new state logo, which has provoked strong feelings from opponents.

The logo created last year shows snow-capped green mountain with the letters "CO." It was an initiative driven by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper's office.

Republican Bob. Rankin wanted voters to decide in November whether the state should keep the logo, which has been described by opponents as looking like the carbon monoxide symbol.

A House committee controlled by Democrats rejected Rankin's proposal on a 6-5 vote.

The logo was unveiled last year for royalty-free use by businesses that want a Colorado logo on their products and in marketing. It's also being used by state agencies.