Colorado proposal to make initiative process harder clears a hurdle

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February 15, 2011

DENVER, Colorado: A bill to make changing the Colorado Constitution by the initiative process more difficult cleared its first obstacle on February 14, 2011. The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee approved the measure on a 3-2 party-line vote, advancing the proposal in the chamber. If approved by two-thirds of each chamber of the Colorado General Assembly, the measure would be presented to voters on the 2012 ballot.

Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer is sponsoring the amendment, which 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.[1]

Ballot measures have had their share of floor time in 2011 legislative session, as a bill to make the state's initiative process more transparent was approved by the State House last week. The bill would require that two representatives from a ballot proposal's initiative effort attend the meeting where the measure is cleared to be on the ballot. Those two representatives would also have to specify when they collected signatures and how much money went into the effort. The proposal will now make its way to the Colorado State Senate, where a similar vote must take place for the bill to be approved.[2]

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