Signatures for only two initiatives submitted in Colorado
DENVER, Colorado: According to the Colorado Secretary of State's office, sponsors for only two initiatives turned in signatures by the August 2, 2010 deadline in order to gain ballot access this November. That's a low percentage of this year's initiative proposals, given the fact that a total of 98 initiatives had been proposed and filed with the Secretary of State's office in the months leading up to the deadline. Supporters for the Criminal Defendant Bail initiative turned in signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State's office by the August 2, 2010 petition drive deadline.
The other initiative, the proposed Healthcare Amendment measure, filed signatures on Friday, July 30. The signatures were filed by Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute. Caldara said of the initiative, "We want Colorado to be a sanctuary state for quality health care. This is not just to address the mandate in Obama-care, this is to make sure Colorado never becomes like Massachusetts where government puts a gun to your head and says you will buy a private product whether you want it or not."
The Secretary of State's office will now check the validity of both petitions' signatures. Supporters must have collected at least 76,046 signatures from registered voters in the state in order for their initiative to make the ballot.
Four initiative petitions had already had their signatures submitted and been certified for the ballot earlier in the year. If the two measures whose supporters submitted signatures as the deadline drew near make the ballot, there will be six citizen-initiated measures on the fall ballot in addition to at least three legislatively-referred constitutional amendments voted onto the ballot by the Colorado General Assembly: November 2
|Referendum P||Gambling||Transfers the licensing of games of chance from the Department of State to the Department of Revenue|
|Referendum Q||Admin of Gov't||Establishes a process for moving the state seat to a temporary location during a declared disaster emergency|
|Referendum R||Taxes||Eliminates property taxes for individuals or businesses that use government-owned property for a private benefit|
|Initiative 60||Taxes||Proposes reducing property taxes|
|Initiative 61||Gov't Finances||Forbids state and local gov't debt by loan in any form|
|Initiative 62||Abortion||Applies the term 'person' to every human being from the beginning of biological development|
|Initiative 63||Health Care||Prohibits enforcing any policy that requires a person to participate in an insurance plan|
|CISS||Proposition 101||Taxes||Makes amendments to current vehicle, income and telecommunications taxes and fees|
|CISS||Proposition 102||Law Enforcement||Allows first-time misdemeanor defendants to be recommended for release or released to a pretrial services program's supervision instead of a bond|