Colorado lawmakers propose again to make it harder to qualify constitutional amendments
By Kyle Maichle
Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer is sponsoring an amendment that would require more than simple majority to approve any future amendments to the state constitution. Shaffer's amendment is the latest attempt by members of the Colorado General Assembly to increase the thresholds for qualifying an constitutional amendment. A distribution requirement may be added to the Shaffer Amendment as some lawmakers told The Durango Herald that most initiative campaigns get their signatures in population centers such as Denver and Colorado Springs.
Members of the General Assembly were successful in qualifying Referendum O on the 2008 ballot. Amendment O would have increased the requirements for qualifying constitutional amendments. The amendment was narrowly defeated by the voters. Supporters for the 2008 referendum had fundraising issues in the early stages of the campaign which contributed to its defeat. If the Shaffer Amendment is approved by the voters, the new law would grandfather any constitutional amendments before 2011.