ballot initiative #96: requirements for initiated constitutional amendments
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? what would it do?
what is the current law?
why do the proponents want to change the current system?
how could it impact Colorado's water community?
Initiative #96 has two basic parts: (1) an increased signature requirement, and (2) a higher bar for changing the Colorado Constitution.
The current law on citizen initiatives also has two basic parts. However, the hurdles in each part are lower than the proposed initiative:
Our state Constitution should serve as our foundation, similar to the U.S. Constitution. However, our state requires the same initiative process to amend our Constitution as our state laws. This framework has made Colorado's ballot and Constitution among the most easily changed in the country. This leads to the proposal of a number of amendments that, at times, conflict with one another.
If enacted, Initiative #96 would protect Colorado's Constitution from future amendments that could harm the future and sustainability of Colorado water law. If an initiative like #96 is not enacted, water in Colorado could one day be threatened by a Public Trust Initiative, the very thing that the Colorado Water Stewardship Project aims to safeguard. Initiative #96 will help protect Colorado water law.