Colorado Legislative Council Staff
NO FISCAL IMPACT
March 9, 1999
Senate Local Government
Steve Tammeus (866-2756)
TITLE: CONCERNING THE EXPANSION OF THE AUTHORITY OF A BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO REFER MEASURES TO THE ELECTORS OF A COUNTY.
Summary of Assessment
This bill allows any board of county commissioners to refer any legislative issue or question of countywide concern to a vote of the electors of that county. The bill will become effective upon the signature of the Governor.
Current law, per section 30-11-103.5, C.R.S., specifies that procedures for placing an issue on a county ballot should follow as nearly as practicable the procedures for municipal initiatives and referred measures. Per section 31-11-111, C.R.S., the legislative body of any municipality may, without receipt of any petition, submit any proposed ordinance, resolution, or question to a vote of the electors of the municipality. The municipal legislative body is to fix the ballot title for the referred measure. This bill provides clarifying language to authorize county commissioners similar referendum procedures.
Since this bill clarifies existing county referendum powers, this bill will not affect state or local government revenue or expenditures. Therefore, it is assessed as having no fiscal impact.