GOP legislators’ refusal to fund Colorado’s new aid- in- dying law
“Efforts by GOP help shape spending,” March 29 news story.
With all due respect to Republicans in the General Assemblywho voted to withhold funds for spending that violates their social conservative beliefs, Iwould remind them— and their Democratic colleagues— that theywere not elected to vote their conscience. They were elected to represent the voters in their districts.
Voters statewide approved the aid- in- dying ballot initiative by 2- 1, with 65 percent voting for it. There were very few counties where the initiative was defeated, and only by a small percentage. Voting to withhold spending disregards the will of the people and cannot be characterized as representing the electorate.
Perhaps the rules need to change. This is hardly the democratic process envisioned by the Founding Fathers in establishing a republican government.
B B B I’d like to knowwho these three Republican senators on the Joint BudgetCommittee think they are blocking the funding forColorado’s aid- indying law. These folks are voted to the legislature to represent the people, not their own opinions. That lawwas approved by 65 percent of the voters. Why dowe votewhenwe have holierthan- thou people in positions to overturnwhatwewant?
Three GOP legislators on the state budget committee voted against funding the costs associatedwith Colorado’s voter- approved aid- in- dying law. Denver Post file