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Colorado Ballot Initiatives
Election Year:  2019 and 2020


Need to know what's on the Ballot right now?
Curious about what Petitions are Circulating? 
Check out the information below...


On the Ballot for 2019
As of June 15, these items are now on the ballot for 2019


Proposition CC  Referred to the voters by the state legislature

Retain revenue for education and transportation

WITHOUT RAISING TAXES AND TO BETTER FUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS, HIGHER EDUCATION, AND ROADS, BRIDGES, AND TRANSIT, WITHIN A BALANCED BUDGET, MAY THE STATE KEEP AND SPEND ALL THE REVENUE IT ANNUALLY COLLECTS AFTER JUNE 30, 2019, BUT IS NOT CURRENTLY ALLOWED TO KEEP AND SPEND UNDER COLORADO LAW, WITH AN ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDIT TO SHOW HOW THE RETAINED REVENUES ARE SPENT?

Proposition DD  Referred to the voters by the state legislature

Authorize and tax sports betting

SHALL STATE TAXES BE INCREASED BY TWENTY-NINE MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY TO FUND STATE WATER PROJECTS AND COMMITMENTS AND TO PAY FOR THE REGULATION OF SPORTS BETTING THROUGH LICENSED CASINOS BY AUTHORIZING A TAX ON SPORTS BETTING OF TEN PERCENT OF NET SPORTS BETTING PROCEEDS, AND TO IMPOSE THE TAX ON PERSONS LICENSED TO CONDUCT SPORTS BETTING OPERATIONS?



Think Before You Ink...
Finding out More About Colorado Ballot Initiatives Now Circulating


It's Petition Season!

Signing Petitions is Not Necessarily a Civic Duty
Ballot Initiatives and Referenda are already circulating for the 2020 election!
You can help by making informed choices about what to sign!
It is NOT your civic duty to sign petition; it IS your civic duty to fully understand the issue WHEN you decide to sign a petition!

Colorado has several ways issues can be presented to voters:

  • Initiated constitutional amendment -
    An amendment to a state's constitution that comes about through the initiative process.

  • Legislatively referred state statute or constitutional amendment -
    Appears on a state's ballot as a ballot measure because the state legislature in that state voted to put it before the voters.
  • Referendum Petitions
    circulated to gather the signatures of registered Colorado voters in an attempt to have a bill
     that was passed by the legislature placed on the ballot as a statewide ballot issue. 
     While this is a rare occurrence, there are two referendum petitions that have been approved for 2020.

  • Legislatively referred bond question -

    A question is referred to the ballot asking voters to approve or deny additional proposed spending.

When you are approached in the grocery store parking lot and asked to sign a petition; please ask questions and Think Before You Ink!



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Issues Currently Approved for Petitions


Initiatives

#22 Severance Tax on Oil and Gas (Ballot Year 2020)
Shall state taxes be increased $703,900,000 annually by a change to the Colorado revised statutes concerning the severance tax on oil and gas extracted in the state, and, in connection therewith, increasing each of the graduated severance tax rates by 5 percentage points; eliminating a credit against the severance tax based on property tax paid by producers; reducing the maximum amount of oil or gas that a severance tax-exempt well may produce without all production from the well becoming taxable; exempting the severance tax revenue and related investment income from the state fiscal year spending limit; and requiring 44% of the severance tax revenue to be credited in equal shares to the severance tax trust fund and the local severance tax trust fund and up to 56% of the severance tax revenue to be spent in equal shares for the purposes of providing all-day kindergarten and public school funding and providing medical care and treatment for people experiencing health impacts proximately caused by oil and gas production?
Status: Approved for circulation

Designated representatives
Andrew O’Connor
1220 W. Devonshire Court
Lafayette, CO 80026
303-882-1693
Mary Henry
1220 W. Devonshire Court
Lafayette, CO 80026
303-499-4585


#76 Amend Section 1, Article 7 of the Colorado Constitution

Every citizen ONLY A CITIZEN of the United States who has attained the age of eighteen years, has resided in this state for such time as may be prescribed by law, and has been duly registered as a voter if required by law shall be qualified to vote at all elections.


#107.  Restoration of Grey Wolves (Ballot Year 2020)

Asks voters to approve a law requiring the Colorado Wildlife Commission to craft a plan “using the best scientific data available” to reintroduce gray wolves on public lands west of the Continental Divide by the end of 2023. The proposal aims to put the question to voters in the November 2020 election.

Designated representatives

Darlene Maria Kobobel

Gail Bell



Referendums

Senate Bill #19-042 (National Popular Vote)

Proponents: Rose Pugliese & Don Wilson

Date format approved: March 15, 2019

Date petition due: August 1, 2019 (90 days after general assembly adjournment)

# of signatures required: 124,632

Ballot year: 2020

House Bill #19-1052 (Concerning The Creation of Special Districts To Provide Early Childhood Development Services)

Proponents: Karl Honegger & Marty Neilson

Date format approved: April 12, 2019

Date petition due: August 1, 2019 (90 days after general assembly adjournment)

# of signatures required: 124,632

Ballot year: 2020

Before You Sign.....

Before you sign, make sure you understand all the implications of a proposed issue
Most petitions are titled with worthy intentions, but often they are proposing the opposite of what the title suggests, or the draft of the legislation negatively affects other issues you would support. 
This is why the League of Women Voters advises that citizens work with their representatives to affect legislation. The League supports the initiative process but not as an end-run to the state constitution.
 

Your signature should be considered at least as valuable as your vote. For more about the process of citizen initiatives and the full texts of the proposals, go to
https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Initiatives/titleBoard/


For information about referendums
https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/referendumPetitions.html


Important Points To Consider.... 
Remember, Democracy is NOT Easy.... 



Consider carefully whether or not you should sign BEFORE you research the issue.  Once petition drives start (which is NOW), stay in touch with the League or the SOS office to review current petitions. 


KNOW whether it is a constitutional amendment, a state statute or a Referendum petition. Understand if it is citizen or Legislature Initiated. 

  • Does it belong in the Constitution? If an initiative intends to amend the U.S. or state Constitution, consider whether it really belongs there. Is it a fundamental law that should be protected from change? Correcting a constitutional amendment requires another constitutional amendment — and another vote of the people — which is cumbersome and costly
  • Should it be a law?  Remember, a statute initiative by the citizenry may not take into account the complexities involved, including enforcement and other budget considerations.  Statute initiatives can also be amended or cancelled at a later date by a vote of the legislature.
  • Is it complex? Some issues can be decided by a simple “yes” or “no” vote, but complex issues need to be thoroughly examined and debated in a legislative arena — not a grocery store parking lot — before writing onto a ballot. Some initiatives are not well written, or contain conflicts that may require court resolution or interpretations. If written to law, the inevitable clarification of legalese costs taxpayers.
  • Whose idea is it? All signature gatherers are required to wear a badge that identifies them as “volunteer circulator” or “paid circulator”. If the signature gatherer is not wearing a badge, do not sign. If s/he is a paid circulator, the badge should also give the name and phone number of who hired her/him. You can find out the real sponsors and opponents of a petition drive:

o    Contribution and expenditure reports are available through the Election Center at the Secretary of State’s Office at 303-894-2200 or at www.sos.state.co.us.

o    Larimer County Clerk's Office, 970-498-7922

o    Loveland City Clerk, 970-962-2322

o    Fort Collins City Clerk, 970-221-6515

o    GOOGLE the individuals or groups that support or oppose the initiative. 

  • How will it be funded? An unfunded mandate or a recall of an elected official who will be up for reelection soon anyway, may impact other essential programs by diverting budgets. The public may have believed in the premise, but didn’t realize the funding would cause other problems.

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Think Before You Ink Handout