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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.

To some—that’s a feather in our cap. To others—it’s scary.

For instance, the oil and gas industry has been fending off efforts to ban or restrict fracking through constitutional amendments.

On today’s program: two Colorado conservatives with very different views.

Former state Senator Greg Brophy is pushing for an amendment to the state constitution which would make all future amendments harder to pass.

Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute says that takes power away from the people.

Balance of Power airs every Sunday at 8:50am on 9NEWS, right before NBC’s Meet the Press. Episodes and extended interviews are posted on Sundays to 9NEWS.com.

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