Colorado Reapportionment Timetable Act, Referendum B (2000)
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Legislative Constitutional Amendment Analysis by Colorado Legislative Council: revises the timetable for redrawing and approving state Senate and House of Representative districts.
Background and Provisions of the Proposal: Every ten years, the boundaries of state Senate and House of Representatives districts are redrawn after receiving final population figures from the federal census. The state constitution requires that an 11-member Reapportionment Commission redraw the district lines to comply with the "one person, one vote" principle and other constitutional criteria. Currently, the entire legislative reapportionment process runs from July 1st to the following March 15th. This proposal permanently changes this timetable by moving up the start of the legislative reapportionment process to April 15th, allowing additional time for certain steps in the process, and completing the process by mid-February of the next year. Within this timetable are specific deadlines for appointment of commission members, preparation of a preliminary plan, completion of public hearings, adoption and submittal of a final plan and related legal materials to the Colorado Supreme Court, and filing the plan with the Secretary of State. Once the final plan is filed with the Secretary of State, county clerks redraw precinct boundaries before precinct caucuses are held the second Tuesday in April.