Colorado legislators end session with only two initiative bills approved

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May 13, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

DENVER, Colorado: The Colorado General Assembly ended its 2009-2010 session on May 12, 2010, leaving only two bills aimed at the initiative process approved by both houses[1]. A total of eight bills and a constitutional amendment were considered during the balance of the legislative session out of a total of 649 legislative proposals that were considered[1]

With one day remaining in the session on May 11, 2010, the Colorado House of Representatives approved Senate Bill 216 on a 44-23 vote[2] after the State Senate approved the bill four days earlier[3]. The only other proposal to pass was House Bill 1370. The bill had a series of reforms that changed campaign finance requirements for Issue Committees including the an increase in the minimum reporting and registration thresholds along with adding disclaimer requirements for advertisements. The bill was approved by the Colorado State Senate on May 10, 2010 on a 25-10 vote[4]. Both the bills await the signature of Governor of Colorado Bill Ritter who can sign the bills to be enacted into law or vetoed.

One notable piece of legislation that was defeated included a amendment to the Colorado Constitution that would have added a distribution requirement to initiated constitutional amendments. The amendment was defeated by the Colorado Senate on May 11, 2010 on a 20-13 vote[5]. The rest of the bills that were introduced in the legislative session took on other issues including petition circulators and what is published in the Colorado Blue Book[6]. A majority of those proposals were dead without seeing a vote in either house of the General Assembly.

The next time when Colorado will consider new legislation to change the initiative process is when a new General Assembly is sworn into office in January of 2011.

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