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Colorado Governor signs two initiative bills into law

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June 15, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

DENVER, Colorado: Governor Bill Ritter signed two initiative bills into law that were approved by the Colorado General Assembly during the 2009-2010 session.

Governor Ritter on June 10, 2010, signed into law Senate Bill 216[1]. The new law requires changes on how initiatives in Colorado are ordered on the official ballot. Under the new law, all legislatively-referred constitutional amendments are placed on the ballot before citizen initiated amendments. The bill passed comfortably in both the Colorado House and Senate on its way to the Governor's desk[2][3].

The Governor also signed House Bill 1370, dealing with changes in campaign finance requirements for Issue Committees on May 25, 2010[4]. The new law adds more disclaimer requirements for campaign advertisements in support or opposition of a ballot measure that resulted in more than $1,000 being spent to publish the ad. Also, the bill changes how the term "major purpose" is defined in the Colorado Constitution under its campaign finance provisions along with increasing monetary penalties for Issue Committees not turning in disclosure reports on time. House Bill 1370 passed both houses of the legislature with hardly any opposition[5][6].

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