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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 measure called the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

Those two ballot measures — the pot measure passed in 2013 and TABOR passed in 1992 — are the most well-known of the many different amendments Colorado voters have made to the state’s Constitution.
This year there could be a new one: A ballot measure to amend the Colorado Constitution, which, if passed, would make it harder to pass ballot measures to amend the Colorado Constitution.
A group called Raise the Bar: Protect our Constitution is behind the measure. The idea grew out of a larger group called Building a Better Colorado, a heavy-hitter organization with bipartisan big-name backers like Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Republican Attorney General John Suthers….

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