Groups File River Initiatives


As the debate on the Senate version of HB 1188 heats up in the media, John Leede and Charles Thrailkill, members of the Creekside Coalition, filed 20 ballot measures, limiting the use of rivers or targeting rafters with strict liability provisions.

Rafting interests filed 4 of their own initiatives. They say they filed their ballot proposals to ensure Colorado rivers stay open to the public.

While all 24 measures will never be certified, the numbers game is an effort to ensure some measures will make it onto the ballot.

Eric Anderson, spokesman for the Creekside Coalition said, “Until we’re assured that the commercial rafters’ one-sided proposals are not moving forward this year, we need to keep our options open to ensure that property rights in Colorado are protected.”

Ballot supporters need to collect 76,047 valid signatures, which is 5 percent of the total votes cast in the 2006 secretary of state’s race.

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  1. […] and private property owners along the Taylor River. The compromise clears the way for sponsors of 24 competing ballot measures to withdraw their respective proposals from the November ballot, averting an expensive and divisive […]

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