Colorado Redirect Lottery Funds Measure (2010)

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The Colorado Redirect Lottery Funds Measure did not appear on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot in Colorado as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The proposed measure called for redirecting lottery funds away from parks and recreation. If approved the measure was estimated to go into effect in FY 2011.

The proposal developed in light of the state's looming budget deficit. Lawmakers estimated cutting the K-12 education fund by $240 million in order to balance the state's budget. According to reports the lottery fund had an annual profit of approximately $120 million and were now looking to the fund for possible relief.

According to Senate Majority Leader John Morse a statewide ballot measure campaign could have cost $6 million.[1]

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See also: How the Colorado Constitution is amended

Two-thirds of each chamber of the Colorado General Assembly were required to vote affirmatively for a proposed amendment in order for it to go on the statewide ballot for potential voter ratification. The legislative session ended on May 12. The measure was not referred to the statewide ballot.

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