Senate Concurrent Resolution – 003 (“Ballot Initiatives to Amend Constitution”) was recently brought forward to the legislature by Sens. Tapia and White and Rep. Court.
The measure is being coined as the “Son of Referendum O” (from the 2008 General Election), which was a measure to reform the ballot initiative process. Colorado Farm Bureau actively worked in support of Ref. O, which was defeated on the ballot. With much work over the past two years, many voices have come together to make a second attempt on the ballot to change the initiative process for citizen backed consitutional amendments.
This legislation proposes to implement the initiative reforms recommended by over 90% of the 1,200 civic leaders who convened statewide. It makes the following changes related to a proposed constitutional initiative:
- Requiring that 5% of the signatures gathered to place the initiative on the ballot come from each Congressional District
- Requiring a 60% super-majority voter approval on the ballot for future amendments to the constitution
- Allowing anything that is already in the constitution to be amended out with the same simple-majority by which it got in prior to 2011
- Requiring a super majority vote of the people to repeal future constitutional amendments passed after 2011