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HB10-1188: Record 24 Colo. Ballot Issues Filed on Rafting

A battle pitting river rafters against private landowners could shift from lawmakers to voters after both sides Friday filed a record 24 proposed ballot initiatives on the subject before Friday’s deadline for trying to get issues on the November ballot, The Denver Post reports. Rafters believe they should be allowed to use the rivers they have floated on for decades and are upset that the Senate turned a bill on the issue into a study. Robert Hamel and Jay R.K. Kenney filed four measures on behalf of rafters. Landowners believe they should be able to protect their property rights. John Leede and Charles Thrailkill, members of the Creekside Coalition, filed 20 measures, limiting the use of rivers or targeting rafters with strict liability provisions.

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