HICKENLOOPER SIGNS “RAISE THE BAR” LAW
Amendment 71, a ballot measure making it more difficult to change the state constitution via ballot initiative, has been signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The governor’s office formally announced the signing Wednesday afternoon.
Dubbed by supporters as the “Raise the Bar” initiative, Amendment 71 lifts the threshold for passage of constitutional amendments to 55 percent from a simple majority. And to get on the ballot, measures will now need signatures from 2 percent of registered voters in all 35 state Senate districts.
Backers said the changes were long overdue, arguing that the state’s ballot access laws made it too easy to change the state constitution, making Colorado’s among the longest — and most convoluted — in the nation.
Opponents, though, said the new signature threshold is too high, and will virtually close off the constitutional ballot initiative process to all but the wealthiest campaigns.
Ultimately, supporters of the initiative, which includes all five living governors, won with ease, securing 55.7 percent of the vote.
The initiative process for statutory changes was unchanged.