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Publish Date: 10/5/2006

Leave petition process alone

If Colorado’s petition process were as onerous as the proponents of Amendment 38 would have us believe, why then would the November ballot include seven initiatives, including Amendment 38 itself?

Already, the right of Colorado residents to alter their constitution and to propose laws is found in articles II and V of the state constitution.

While it is an imperfect system — with initiatives such as the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and Amendment 23 putting competing agendas in the state’s constitution — it does not need the correcting that Amendment 38 would deliver.

In fact, 38 would oversimplify the process by which special interests could affect Colorado laws and enshrine their ideals in Colorado’s Constitution, lowering standards for petition signatures and limiting the number of words allowed to describe a ballot item.

Our government is a representative government, and for good reason. Voters select those who will represent them.

Those representatives carefully and deliberately decide on the direction of a town or of the state.

If voters are unhappy with the performance of those representatives, they may vote them out of office.

A loose initiative system removes the brakes that good governing requires, leaving the door open even at the local level for superfluous challenges to representative government.

The Colorado Constitution already has given you the right to decide on this one.

Vote no on Amendment 38.


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