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Lawsuit filed against Colorado initiative laws

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March 17, 2010

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DENVER, Colorado: On Monday several Colorado groups - including John Caldara, of the Independence Institute, and Mason Tvert, a marijuana activist - filed a lawsuit against several of the state's initiative laws. Specifically the lawsuit refers to petition circulation laws which require circulators to be Colorado residents and prohibits paying circulators for each signature delivered. The laws were implemented to prevent fraud, according to state officials. "When the government puts down too many hurdles for you to jump over to engage in free speech, it's a violation of the First Amendment," said David Lane, the attorney arguing in favor of the Colorado groups. House Speaker Terrance Carroll, the main sponsor of the questioned initiative laws, calls the lawsuit "frivolous and without merit." According to reports Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher has not yet seen or commented on the lawsuit.[1][2][3]

The lawsuit can be read here.

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