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Inside the “Raise the Bar” proposal

By News Channel 5
March 13, 2016

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 was legalized. The state is one of 18 that allow initiatives. 21 states only allow amendments initiated by the state legislature.

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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.

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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 requiring signatures from all of Colorado’s 35 State Districts, and if put on the ballot a 55 percent approval by the Colorado electorate would be required instead of the simple majority.

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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.

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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.

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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 it’s as easy for voters to change the constitution as it is to change a law.

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Balance of Power: Changing Colorado’s Constitution

By Brandon Rittiman

February 14, 2016

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.

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