Colorado 2014 ballot measures
Four statewide ballot measures were certified for the November 4, 2014, ballot in the state of Colorado. Three were defeated, and one was approved.
A total of 145 initiatives filed for potential spots on the 2014 ballot in Colorado. However, many of these were repeat filings of nearly identical initiatives. Initiative sponsors sometimes file multiple versions of the same measure in order to increase the likelihood of it landing on the ballot.
There were four citizen's initiatives certified for the November ballot, which addressed abortion, gambling, government accountability and business regulation. The signature filing deadline for these measures was August 4, the second-to-last deadline in 2014, followed only by North Dakota's August 6 date. Supporters of each initiative needed to collect at least 86,105 valid signatures by the deadline in order to put the measure before voters.
- Between 1996 and 2013, an average of six measures appeared annually on the ballot in Colorado. Therefore, 2014 was a below-average year, based on the number of certified measures.
- From 1996 to 2014, the number of measures on statewide ballots ranged from one to 14.
- Between 1996 and 2014, 43 of 105, or 41 percent, of Colorado ballot measures were approved by voters.
- Conversely, 62 of 105, or 59 percent, of measures were defeated.
- Colorado ballots have consistently featured measures during even- and odd-year elections.
On the ballot
- See also: 2014 ballot measures
|Amendment 67||Abortion||Recognizes unborn children as persons in the Colorado Criminal Code and Colorado Wrongful Death Act|
|Amendment 68||Gambling||Establishes a K-12 education fund to be funded by expanded limited gaming at horse racetracks|
|CISS||Proposition 104||Gov't Acc||Requires open school board meetings for collective bargaining negotiations|
|CISS||Proposition 105||Business reg||Mandates labeling of certain foodstuffs that contain genetically modified organisms|
Not on the ballot
|Environmental Rights Amendment||Civil Rights||Declares citizens have a right to clean air, pure water and natural and scenic values|
|Mandatory Setback of Wells Amendment||Business||Sets mandatory distance from occupied structures for new oil and gas wells|
|CISS||Distribution of Oil and Gas Revenue Initiative||Local Gov't||Prevents local governments from receiving oil/gas revenues if they prohibit oil/gas production|
|CISS||Fiscal Impact of Ballot Measures Initiative||Direct Democracy||Requires initiative proponents to submit a fiscal impact estimate|
|2013 Gun Legislation Repeal||Firearms||Repeals all gun laws passed by the state legislature in 2013|
|CISS||Marriage Education Act||Marriage||Mandates pre-wedding classes for couples wishing to get married|
|Prohibit Cannabis Possession Penalties Amendment||Marijuana||Prohibits courts from imposing any fine or sentence for the possession of cannabis|
|Marijuana Revenue for Housing for Disabled Amendment||Housing||Uses $10 million in marijuana tax revenues to fund housing for disabled citizens|
|Retention Elections of Justices and Judges Amendment||Elections||Requires two-thirds majority vote to retain judges and justices|
|Duties of the Independent Ethics Commission Amendment||Admin of Gov't||Transfers jurisdiction over judicial discipline and disability to the independent ethics commission|
|Public Trust Resources Amendment||Environment||Creates a public trust for the natural and environmental resources under public ownership|
|Local Regulation of Gas and Oil Amendment||Business||Increases local government authority to prohibit or limit oil and gas development|
|Provisions for Redistricting Amendment||Redistricting||Requires districts to include a ratio of voters based on political party similar to the overall state ratio|
|Appointment of Secretary of State Amendment||State Exec||Makes secretary of state an appointed, nonpartisan office|
|Foreclosure Due Process Amendment||Property||Prohibits foreclosures unless the person has previously recorded written evidence of a security interest|
|Local Voter Approval for Gambling Amendment||Gambling||Requires an additional local vote to make statewide elections legalizing gambling take effect|
|Prohibition on Gambling Monopolies Amendment||Business||Prohibits monopoly on one or more types of gambling within any county|
|Required Distances from Schools for Casinos Amendment||Gambling||Prohibits casino-style gambling within a specified distance of an elementary, middle or high school|
|Right to Bear Arms Amendment||Firearms||Prohibits the confiscation of arms without due process of law|
|Workers' Compensation Public Defender Amendment||Labor||Creates workers’ compensation public defenders for representation for people with mental disabilities|
|Recall of State and Local Officers Amendment||Recall||Repeals and replaces constitutional provisions regarding recall|
|Public Health Insurance Amendment||Insurance||Establishes a universal statewide public health insurance program|
|Right to Local Self-Government Amendment||Local Gov't||Declares an inherent right to local self-government in counties and municipalities|
|State Representative Districts Amendment||Redistricting||Makes the state representative districts each consist of one county|
|Right to Healthcare Amendment||Healthcare||Establishes healthcare as a constitutional right|
|Ammunition Restrictions Law Amendment||Firearms||Declares that laws regarding firearm magazines can only be effected by referendum|
|Same-Sex Marriage Amendment||Marriage||Declares that same-sex unions be recognized by the state|
|Establishment of a State-Owned Bank Amendment||Banking||Creates a state-owned bank and provides for the election of its managers|
|CISS||No Clemency for Death Penalty Initiative||Death Penalty||Prohibits the governor from giving clemency for the death penalty without legislative consent|
|CISS||Campus Gun Ban||Firearms||Bans concealed weapons on college campuses|
|CISS||Animal Euthanasia Initiative||Animals||Enacts stricter laws regarding when shelter animals can be euthanized|
|CISS||Probate Ward Bill of Rights Initiative||Civil Rights||Creates a process by which people could be declared incompetent to handle their financial affairs|
|CISS||Two-Stage Election System Initiative||Elections||Creates a two-stage elections system replacing partisan primary elections|
|CISS||Yes or No Elections Initiative||Elections||Institutes yes-no voting for candidates; calculates "net vote count"|
|CI||Care and Protection of Livestock Animals Initiative||Animals||Repeals exemption for animal husbandry practices on livestock animals from the animal cruelty statutes|
|CI||Public School Funding Initiative||Gov't Finances||Increases and/or modifies the funding of public schools|
|CI||Definition of a Fee Initiative||Gov't Finances||Defines a fee as a voluntarily incurred governmental charge in exchange for a specific benefit|
|CI||Tax on Nongovernmental Tolls Initiative||Taxes||Creates a $10 tax on each toll collected by non-state toll roads|
|CI||Official State Logo Initiative||Motto & Symbols||Requires a scaled version of the state flag be used as the official Colorado logo for all purposes|
|CI||Prohibition on Fluoride in Public Water System Initiative||Water||Prohibits the artificial introduction of fluoride or fluoride byproducts into any Colorado water system|
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