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Inside the “Raise the Bar” proposal

By News Channel 5 March 13, 2016 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Changing the constitution can be relatively easy when you look across the nation. “Colorado has seen citizens initiatives on its ballot than any other state other than Oregon and California.” said Reeves Brown, a spokesman for the group. Colorado has seen more than 150 citizen initiatives since 1912, when the initiative …


Rural areas: Give us a say in amendment process

By Katharhynn Heidelberg March 11, 2016 Amending the Colorado Constitution is too easy for special interests and the current process largely shuts out rural residents, Club 20 and other organizations agree. In a March 4 letter, Club 20, Action 22 and Progressive 15 issued a letter supporting the “Raise the Bar — Protect the Constitution” ballot initiative afoot in the state.


Raising the bar on amending Colorado’s constitution

By Kalie Greenberg March 11, 2016 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Club 20 of the Western Slope is looking to help push forward a ballot initiative making it harder to amend Colorado’s constitution. Currently, Colorado has one of the easiest constitutions to amend. The initiative, called “Raise the Bar, Protect Our Constitution,” is designed to make the constitution more difficult to amend by …


Building a Better Colorado’s final initiatives submitted for November ballot

By Ed Sealover March 8, 2016 Advocates filed the final of five ballot proposals stemming from the series of Building a Better Colorado meetings Tuesday, asking voters to allow the state government to keep Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights refunds and put the money toward education, transportation and health services — either for a limited time or in perpetuity.


A Colorado ballot measure to hinder ballot measures

By Corey Hutchins  March 10, 2016 Colorado is a unique place. The first state to legalize recreational marijuana was able to do so because of how easy it is to change the state’s Constitution. Colorado is also a place prone to arcane budget battles because politicians must ask voters, through ballot measures, to OK tax increases— all because of a ballot …


Colorado group wants ballot measure to make it harder to change state constitution

By Megan Schrader February 3, 2016 DENVER – Civic leaders trying to make it harder to amend the Colorado Constitution will ask voters in November to require future petition signatures be gathered in each of the state’s 35 Senate districts and that at least 55 percent of voters approve the initiative when it appears on the ballot.


Some Think It’s Too Easy To Amend The Colorado Constitution And It Needs To Change

By Shaun Boyd February 17, 2016 DENVER (CBS4)– The November ballot in Colorado could be very crowded. The proposed initiatives this year hit on issues including assisted suicide, a fracking ban and single payer health care. All the proposals would require amending the state constitution, and some think that should change. Colorado is the only state in the country where …


Balance of Power: Changing Colorado’s Constitution

By Brandon Rittiman February 14, 2016 9NEWS KUSA KUSA – If states are laboratories of democracy, we live in one of the most interesting. Colorado was first in the nation to legalize marijuana, in part, because it’s relatively easy to change Colorado’s state constitution. Once you put something in the constitution, it’s harder for lawmakers or the courts to change.


Slate of changes filed to make it harder to amend Colorado Constitution

By Kristen Wyatt February 3, 2016 DENVER (AP) — There’s one thing Democrats and Republicans always seem to agree on in Colorado — that it’s too easy for citizens to change the state constitution. A bipartisan civic group renewed the effort Tuesday by filing a slate of ballot measures to make it harder. The measures would require ballot petition signatures …