BA-15-2-Colorado Constitutional Review

WHEREAS the Colorado Constitution is one of the easiest state constitutions in the nation to amend and as a result has been amended more than 150 times since it was originally adopted, and

WHEREAS there are internal conflicts in the constitution that make compliance with one part of the constitution a violation of another part of the constitution, and can create serious fiscal problems for the State of Colorado, and

WHEREAS as currently written, the Colorado Constitution can only be amended by citizen initiative, legislative referral or by a Constitutional Convention, and

WHEREAS thorough and extended discussion about the unintended consequences of a proposed constitutional amendment is difficult, if not impossible, when an amendment is created as a citizen initiative, and

WHEREAS the nature of the annual legislative session and the presence of political considerations limits the effectiveness of the legislative process in solving the current conflicts and constitutional problems.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that CLUB 20 generally supports efforts to develop a method whereby the voters may be presented with specific constitutional amendments which eliminate or minimize identified conflicts or other problems within the state constitution, while reserving the right to object to specific recommendations, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CLUB 20 staff, members and committees will work with and cooperate with other organizations to develop and propose such methods.  No specific constitutional amendment or method of proposing a constitutional amendment shall be presumed to be supported on the basis of this resolution.

 

Adopted 9/11/2015