2017 and 2018 proposed ballot initiatives
Here you can find the ballot initiatives that the Water Stewardship committee is tracking closely. They are sorted according to which year they will appear on the ballot, and by general topic. To date, 35 proposed ballot initiatives have been filed.
For information regarding the 2017 proposed ballot initiatives, please click on the topic links below:
State Severance Taxes on Oil and Natural Gas.
Authorize Bonds for Transportation Projects.
For information regarding the 2018 proposed ballot initiatives, please click on the topic links below:
Limit on Local Housing Growth.
amendment 71, senate bill 152, and the fiscal note process
political trends and changes in 2017
public trust doctrine
The Public Trust Doctrine is the concept that Colorado’s environment is the common property of all Coloradans. Governments are to act as trustees of air, water, natural, and scenic values for the benefit of all the people.
The Doctrine would:
The Public Trust Doctrine holds no legal authority in Colorado, and is inconsistent with (i) the Colorado Constitution, (ii) existing state laws, and (iii) over 150 years of Colorado case law and water allocation. The Colorado Water Congress opposes public trust initiatives on the grounds they are unwise, unnecessary, expensive and disruptive to the fair and responsible allocation and stewardship of Colorado’s water resources.