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Tapia Takes Another Run at Initiative Curbs

State lawmakers may once again ask voters to make it harder to get constitutional amendments on the ballot, an idea Coloradans rejected in 2008, The Denver Post reports.

This time, though, there may be no attempt to encourage groups circulating initiative petitions to only change state statutes instead of the constitution.

“This is a simplified Ref. O,” said Sen. Abel Tapia, D-Pueblo, referring to Referendum O, which voters shot down 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent in 2008.

The Pueblo Chieftain: The proposed concurrent resolution for the referred measure, which is yet to be introduced, would ask voters to: 1) Double the minimum number of voter signatures required to run a ballot initiative to amend the Constitution from 5 percent of the votes cast in the previous election to 10 percent. 2) Require a minimum of 1 percent of those signatures come from each of the state’s 35 state Senate districts. 3) Impose a supermajority of 60 percent voter approval for ballot initiatives that seek to amend the Constitution.

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