Colorado Personal System Amendment, Referendum 1 (1986)

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The Colorado Personal System Amendment, also known as Referendum 1, was on the November 6, 1986 ballot in Colorado a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure required appointments to offices and employments in the state personnel system to be made according to merit and fitness determined by testing. It also included some exceptions to this requirement. Additionally, it abolished the state personnel board and, in turn, granting rule-making authority to the State Personnel Director.[1]

Election results

Colorado Referendum 1 (1986)
Defeatedd No488,22651.43%
Yes 461,004 48.57%

Election Results via: Colorado State Legislative Council, Ballot History

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An amendment to Article XII of the Constitution of the State of Colorado, requiring appointments to offices and employments in the state personnel system to be made according to merit and fitness, to be ascertained by competitive tests without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, handicap, age, or political affiliation, excepting encumbered position reallocations from the competitive test requirement, exempting persons whose salaries are paid solely from federal or private grants from the personnel system, requiring a two-thirds majority on final passage by each house of the general assembly to increase exemptions from the system, eliminating the state personnel board, granting rule-making authority to the State Personnel Director, authorizing the Attorney General to veto personnel rules he determines to be unconstitutional, otherwise illegal, arbitrary, or capricious. Permitting appointing authorities to shorten the twelve-month probationary period for initial appointments, extending provisions for temporary employment from six months to one year, making department heads or their designees the appointing authorities for their department, except for the Colorado State Patrol, whose employees the patrol chief shall appoint, providing a grievance procedure, including arbitration, for employees, and eliminating employee residency requirements.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado State Legislative Council, "Ballot History," accessed February 19, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.