Should It Be Harder to Change the State Constitution?

February 2011

That's what local lawmakers are pondering as they prepare to vote on a measure that would change the percentage of votes required to pass a ballot amendment in Colorado—from 50 percent to 60 percent (via the Denver Daily News). Among its myriad provisions, the new legislation would allow for constitutional amendments passed before 2013 to be repealed by a 50 percent vote. Although state ballots tend to be packed with the voter-driven initiatives, just one of the seven amendments from 2010 passed.

Republican state Attorney General John Suthers has joined with groups such as the AARP and Colorado Farm Bureau to express support for the measure, reports the Denver Post. But opponents like Marty Neilson, president of the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, believe the proposal hides an agenda of taking down the controversial Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, which constitutionally limits state revenue and spending.