By News Channel 5
March 13, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Marcus
February 23, 2016
DENVER – Coloradans could be asked this November to make it more difficult to amend the state constitution.
A bipartisan group has submitted ballot language stemming from a statewide listening tour, in which voters were asked their thoughts on budget and elections issues.
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.
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.
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.