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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 to be collected across the state. They would also raise the threshold for changing the constitution from a simple voter majority to 55 percent.

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It’s too easy to amend the state Constitution

By The Daily Sentinel Editorial Board February 9, 2016

February 9, 2016

http://www.gjsentinel.com/special_sections/articles/its-too-easy-to-amend-the-state-constitution
(reprinted in the Fort Collins Coloradoan—http://www.coloradoan.com/story/opinion/2016/02/11/editorial-easy-amend-colorado-constitution/80204138/)

Colorado is currently one of 18 states where citizens can bypass the legislature and place proposed constitutional amendments directly on the ballot.

That’s an important right because it gives citizens direct access to the lawmaking process. If lawmakers ignore the wishes of constituents, voters have some recourse. But some people, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, think Colorado’s Constitution is too easy to amend.

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