Colorado Public Trust Resources Amendment (2014)

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A Colorado Public Trust Resources Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have created a public trust for the natural and environmental resources under public ownership, including clean air, clean water and the preservation of the environment and natural resources. It would have also required the state to conserve and maintain public trust resources by using the best science available to protect them against any substantial impairment, regardless of any prior federal, state or local approval.[1][2]

The measure would have amended Article XVI of the Colorado Constitution by adding a section 9 to it.[1]

Text of measure

If the measure been placed on the ballot, the language would have appeared as:[2]

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning public ownership of natural and environmental resources, and, in connection therewith, creating a public trust in those resources, which include clean air, clean water, and the preservation of the environment and natural resources; requiring the state, as trustee, to conserve and maintain public trust resources by using the best science available to protect them against any substantial impairment, regardless of any prior federal, state, or local approval; seeking natural resource damages from anyone who substantially impairs them, and using damages obtained to remediate the impairment; allowing Colorado citizens to file enforcement actions in court; requiring anyone who is proposing an action or policy that might substantially impair public trust resources to prove that the action or policy is not harmful; and criminalizing the manipulation of data, reports, or scientific information in an attempt to use public trust resources for private profit?[3]

Constitutional changes

The measure, if approved, would amended Article XVI of the Colorado Constitution by adding a section 9 to it. The full text of the proposed changes can be read here.

Support

  • Phillip Doe, primary proponent
  • Barbera Mills-Bria, second proponent

Path to the ballot

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

Supporters would have had to gather 86,105 valid signatures by Monday, August 4 at 3:00 PM for the measure to appear on the ballot. However, the measure never made it to the signature gathering, phase as its title setting was denied by a four to three vote of the Colorado Supreme Court on June 30, 2014.[4][5]

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