First Regular Session
Sixty-first General Assembly
LLS NO. R97@0712.01 MLE
STATE OF COLORADO
BY SENATOR Wattenberg;
also REPRESENTATIVE Schwarz.
STATE, VETERANS, &
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 97-2
SUBMITTING TO THE REGISTERED ELECTORS OF THE STATE
OF COLORADO AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 1 (2) OF ARTICLE V OF THE
CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF COLORADO REQUIRING THE COLLECTION
OF SIGNATURES FROM FIVE PERCENT OF THOSE WHO VOTED IN THE PRIOR
ELECTION FOR SECRETARY OF STATE WITHIN EACH OF THE CONGRESSIONAL
DISTRICTS IN THE STATE TO PROPOSE ANY AMENDMENT TO THE STATE
CONSTITUTION BY INITIATIVE PETITION.
(Note: This summary applies to this resolution
as introduced and does not necessarily reflect any amendments
which may be subsequently adopted.)
Specifies that, in order to propose a statewide measure
by initiative petition, signatures must be collected from 5% of
those who voted in the prior election for secretary of state from
each of the congressional districts in the state rather than from
5% of such voters statewide.
Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixtyfirst General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the House of Representatives concurring herein:
SECTION 1. At the next election at which such question may be submitted, there shall be submitted to registered electors of the state of Colorado, for their approval or rejection, the following amendment to the constitution of the state of Colorado, to wit:
Section 1 (2) of article V of the constitution of the state of Colorado is amended to read:
Section 1. General assembly
initiative and referendum. (2) The
first power hereby reserved by the people is the initiative.
Signatures by registered electors in an amount equal to
at least five percent of the total number of votes cast for all
candidates for the office of secretary of state at the previous
general election shall be required to propose any STATE LEGISLATIVE
measure by petition. and
SIGNATURES BY REGISTERED ELECTORS IN AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO AT LEAST
FIVE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VOTES CAST WITHIN EACH OF
THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS IN THE STATE FOR ALL CANDIDATES FOR
THE OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF STATE AT THE PREVIOUS GENERAL ELECTION
SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PROPOSE ANY AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION
BY PETITION. Every such petition shall include
the full text of the measure so proposed. Initiative petitions
for state legislation and amendments to the constitution, in such
form as may be prescribed pursuant to law, shall be addressed
to and filed with the secretary of state at least three months
before the general election at which they are to be voted upon.
SECTION 2. Each elector voting at said election and desirous of voting for or against said amendment shall cast a vote as provided by law either "Yes" or "No" on the proposition: "AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 1 (2) OF ARTICLE V OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF COLORADO REQUIRING THE COLLECTION OF SIGNATURES FROM FIVE PERCENT OF THOSE WHO VOTED IN THE PRIOR ELECTION FOR SECRETARY OF STATE WITHIN EACH OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS IN THE STATE TO PROPOSE ANY AMENDMENT TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION BY INITIATIVE PETITION."
SECTION 3. The
votes cast for the adoption or rejection of said amendment shall
be canvassed and the result determined in the manner provided
by law for the canvassing of votes for representatives in Congress,
and if a majority of the electors voting on the question shall
have voted "Yes", the said amendment shall become a
part of the state constitution.