Recently the Secretary of State verified signatures submitted for Initiative #257 Local Voter Approval of Gaming Limits in Black Hawk, Cripple Creek, and Central City. The initiative proposes to remove the single bet limits and allow the voters in towns where gaming is allowed to establish gaming limits and the games allowed in casinos. Initiative #257 will be the final measure to be placed on the November ballot. Next week the Legislative Council will review the draft blue book language for this initiative and the other 10 measures that will appear on the 2020 ballot.
Ballot measures, which can be initiated citizens or by the Legislature, propose changes either to state statutes or to the state constitution. In odd years, ballot initiatives are limited to issues under Article X, Section 20 of Colorado’s Constitution, also known as the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR). This section of the Constitution requires that tax increases be approved by the voters and sets revenue spending limits for all levels of government. The types of issues that can be on the ballot in odd year elections include a new tax, tax rate increase, extension of a tax, emergency taxes, increase in the assessment rate, bond issuance, or any other policy that results directly in a net revenue gain. In even years, such as 2020, there are no restrictions on what types of ballot measures can be brought to voters. Since 2010 citizen brought initiatives have been denoted by numbers and legislature-initiated proposals have been denoted by letters.
2020 November Ballot
There will be 3 legislative referred measures, 1 referendum petition, and 7 citizen led initiatives on the November 2020 ballot.
Legislative Referred Measures
Amendment B Repeal Property Tax Assessment Rates: The state legislature referred a ballot question to the voters that would repeal the Gallagher Amendment from the state constitution.
Proposition EE Cigarette Tobacco and Nicotine Products Tax: The state legislature referred a ballot question to the voters that would increase the taxes on tobacco products, place a new tax on nicotine vaping products, and use the increase in revenue for K-12 education and pre-school funding.
Amendment C Bingo Raffles Allow Paid Help And Repeal 5-year Minimum: The state legislature referred a ballot question to the voters to alter certain restrictions related to bingo-raffle licenses for non-profit organizations.
Referred Initiatives on the November 2020 Ballot – See attached for more details on all the items on the ballot
Proposition 113 National Popular Vote
Proposition 114 Restoration of Gray Wolves
Proposition 115 Prohibition on Late Term Abortions
Proposition 116 State Income Tax Rate Reduction
Proposition 117 Voter Approval Requirement for Creation of Certain Fee Based Enterprises
#283 Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program
#257 Local Voter Approval of Gaming Limits in Black Hawk, Cripple Creek, and Central City