Colorado Marijuana Tax Revenue to Establish Workers' Compensation Public Defender Amendment (2014)

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The Colorado Marijuana Tax Revenue to Establish Workers' Compensation Public Defender Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have created a state office to ensure legal representation of people with mental disabilities. It also would have established a “workers’ compensation public defender’s office” to provide legal representation or assist in hiring legal representation for people with mental disabilities who have workers’ compensation claims.[1][2]

Text of measure

If the measure had appeared on the ballot, it would have read as:[2]

Shall there be An amendment to the Colorado constitution creating a state office to ensure legal representation of people with mental disabilities, and, in connection therewith, establishing the Colorado “workers’ compensation public defender’s office” to provide legal representation or assist in hiring legal representation for people with mental disabilities who have workers’ compensation claims; providing for the election of a chief of the office; and establishing specific powers and duties of the public defender’s office?[3]

Support

  • Paula Rhoads Hook, proponent
  • Craig Hall, proponent
  • Brian Nemeth, proponent

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Colorado & Amending the Colorado Constitution

Supporters would have had to gather 86,105 valid signatures by August 4, 2014, for the measure to appear on the ballot. However, the petition format for the initiative was never approved making it impossible for the measure to move forward.[4]

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