Brownstein Colorado Ballot Initiative Tracker

Brownstein’s Political & Regulatory Law Group presents this comprehensive tracker of all Colorado statewide ballot initiatives proposed during the 2019-2020 cycle, including any appeals from the Title Board to the Colorado Supreme Court. Information will be updated within 24 hours of any change. Where available, hyperlinks are provided to the initiative’s final text, title, review and comment memo, appellate decision, fiscal impact estimate and ballot analysis.

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2019-2020 Colorado Ballot Initiatives 

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Oil and Gas

Summary
Status
Notes

#1: Severance Taxes on Oil and Gas (statutory) – seeks to increase the state severance tax to 10%, and to direct funds to education funding and medical care and treatment

Withdrawn before Review & Comment hearing; Proponents appear to be pursing related initiative #22

Proponents: Mary Henry and Andrew O’Connor

Related Initiatives: #1, #2, #22

07/27/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

#2: Severance Taxes on Oil and Gas (statutory) – seeks to increase the state severance tax to 10%, and to direct funds to education funding and medical care and treatment

Review & Comment hearing held; Proponents appear to be pursing related initiative #22

Proponents: Mary Henry and Andrew O’Connor

Related Initiatives: #1, #2, #22

08/03/18:|
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

08/15/18:
Review and Comment Memo Prepared by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

08/17/18:
Review and Comment Hearing Held by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

#22: Severance Taxes on Oil and Gas (statutory) – seeks to increase the state severance tax to 10%, and to direct funds to education funding and medical care and treatment

Pending Review & Comment hearing

Proponents: Mary Henry and Andrew O’Connor

Related Initiatives: #1, #2, #22

11/13/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

01/09/19:
Final Text Filed with the Secretary of State 

02/06/19:
Title Board Hearing Scheduled

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Fiscal Policy

Summary
Status
Notes

#3: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to repeal the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution

Initial Title Board hearing held and title setting denied

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

11/16/18:
Review and Comment Memo Prepared by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

11/20/18:
Review and Comment Hearing Held by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

11/06/18:
Original Text Filed with the Secretary of State

01/04/19:
Amended Text Filed with the Secretary of State

01/04/19:
Final Text Filed with the Secretary of State

01/15/19:
Initial Fiscal Impact Statement

01/16/19:|
Title Board Hearing held and title setting denied on the basis that the measure does not constitute a single subject

#4: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to partially repeal the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution, including prior voter approval for tax increases

Review and Comment hearing held

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

11/16/18:
Review and Comment Memo Prepared by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

11/20/18:
Review and Comment Hearing Held by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

#5: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to repeal: (1) the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution; (2) the requirement regarding how the General Assembly adjusts the assessment rate for residential real property, commonly referred to as the “Gallagher Amendment”; and (3) the requirement that the nonresidential property tax assessment rate is 29 percent

Review and Comment hearing held

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

11/16/18:
Review and Comment Memo Prepared by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

11/20/18:
Review and Comment Hearing Held by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

#6: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to repeal: (1) substantive provisions of the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution, including prior voter approval for tax increases; (2) the requirement regarding how the General Assembly adjusts the assessment rate for residential real property, commonly referred to as the “Gallagher Amendment”; and (3) the requirement that the nonresidential property tax assessment rate is 29 percent

Review and Comment hearing held

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

11/16/18:
Review and Comment Memo Prepared by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

11/20/18:
Review and Comment Hearing Held by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

#7: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to repeal: (1) the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution; (2) the requirement regarding how the General Assembly adjusts the assessment rate for residential real property, commonly referred to as the “Gallagher Amendment”; (3) the requirement that the nonresidential property tax assessment rate is 29 percent; and (4) all funding requirements for public preschool through twelfth grade education that were included in “Amendment 23”

Review & Comment hearing held

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

11/16/18:
Review and Comment Memo Prepared by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

11/20/18:
Review and Comment Hearing Held by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

#8: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to repeal: (1) substantive provisions of the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution, including prior voter approval for tax increases; (2) the requirement regarding how the General Assembly adjusts the assessment rate for residential real property, commonly referred to as the “Gallagher Amendment”; (3) the requirement that the nonresidential property tax assessment rate is 29 percent; and (4) all funding requirements for public preschool through twelfth grade education that were included in “Amendment 23”

Review & Comment hearing held

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

11/16/18:
Review and Comment Memo Prepared by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

11/20/18:
Review and Comment Hearing Held by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

#9: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to: (1) repeal the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution, excluding the requirement for prior voter approval for tax measures; (2) eliminate the requirement for prior voter approval for any assessment ratio increase for a property class; and (3) create an exception to the prior voter approval requirement for tax measures based on the total projected revenue from all of a district's concurrent tax measures

Review & Comment hearing held

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

11/16/18:
Review and Comment Memo Prepared by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

11/20/18:
Review and Comment Hearing Held by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

#10: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to partially repeal the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution

Withdrawn before Review & Comment hearing

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

#11: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to: (1) repeal the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution, excluding the requirement for prior voter approval for tax measures; (2) eliminate the requirement for prior voter approval for any assessment ratio increase for a property class; (3) create an exception to the prior voter approval requirement for tax measures based on the total projected revenue from all of a district's concurrent tax measures; (4) repeal the requirement regarding how the General Assembly adjusts the assessment rate for residential real property, commonly referred to as the “Gallagher Amendment”; and (5) repeal the requirement that the nonresidential property tax assessment rate is 29 percent

Review & Comment hearing held

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

11/16/18:
Review and Comment Memo Prepared by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

11/20/18:
Review and Comment Hearing Held by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

#12: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to: (1) partially repeal the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution; (2) repeal the requirement regarding how the General Assembly adjusts the assessment rate for residential real property, commonly referred to as the “Gallagher Amendment”; and (3) repeal the requirement that the nonresidential property tax assessment rate is 29 percent

Withdrawn before Review & Comment hearing

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

#13: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to: (1) repeal the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution, excluding the requirement for prior voter approval for tax measures; (2) eliminate the requirement for prior voter approval for any assessment ratio increase for a property class; (3) create an exception to the prior voter approval requirement for tax measures based on the total projected revenue from all of a district's concurrent tax measures; (4) repeal the requirement regarding how the General Assembly adjusts the assessment rate for residential real property, commonly referred to as the “Gallagher Amendment”; (5) repeal the requirement that the nonresidential property tax assessment rate is 29 percent; and (6) repeal all funding requirements for public preschool through twelfth grade education that were included in “Amendment 23”

Review & Comment hearing held

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

11/16/18:
Review and Comment Memo Prepared by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

11/20/18:
Review and Comment Hearing Held by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

#14: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to: (1) partially repeal the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution; (2) repeal the requirement regarding how the General Assembly adjusts the assessment rate for residential real property, commonly referred to as the “Gallagher Amendment”; (3) repeal the requirement that the nonresidential property tax assessment rate is 29 percent; and (4) repeal all funding requirements for public preschool through twelfth grade education that were included in “Amendment 23”

Withdrawn before Review & Comment hearing

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

#15: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to: (1) repeal the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution, excluding the requirement for prior voter approval for tax measures; and (2) amend the prior voter approval requirement for tax measures

Review & Comment hearing held

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

11/16/18:
Review and Comment Memo Prepared by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

11/20/18:
Review and Comment Hearing Held by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

#16: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to: (1) partially repeal the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution; and (2) amend the prior voter approval requirement for tax measures

Withdrawn before Review & Comment hearing

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

#17: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to: (1) repeal the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution, excluding the requirement for prior voter approval for tax measures; (2) amend the prior voter approval requirement for tax measures; (3) repeal the requirement regarding how the General Assembly adjusts the assessment rate for residential real property, commonly referred to as the “Gallagher Amendment”; and (4) repeal the requirement that the nonresidential property tax assessment rate is 29 percent

Review & Comment hearing held

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

11/16/18:
Review and Comment Memo Prepared by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

11/20/18:
Review and Comment Hearing Held by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

#18: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to: (1) partially repeal the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution; (2) amend the prior voter approval requirement for tax measures; (3) repeal the requirement regarding how the General Assembly adjusts the assessment rate for residential real property, commonly referred to as the “Gallagher Amendment”; and (4) repeal the requirement that the nonresidential property tax assessment rate is 29 percent

Withdrawn before Review & Comment hearing

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

#19: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to: (1) repeal the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution, excluding the requirement for prior voter approval for tax measures; (2) amend the prior voter approval requirement for tax measures; (3) repeal the requirement regarding how the General Assembly adjusts the assessment rate for residential real property, commonly referred to as the “Gallagher Amendment”; (4) repeal the requirement that the nonresidential property tax assessment rate is 29 percent; and (5) repeal all funding requirements for public preschool through twelfth grade education that were included in “Amendment 23”

Review & Comment hearing held

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

11/16/18:
Review and Comment Memo Prepared by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Services

11/20/18:
Review and Comment Hearing Held by Legislative Council and Office of Legislative Legal Service

#20: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to repeal: (1) the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution; (2) the requirement regarding how the General Assembly adjusts the assessment rate for residential real property, commonly referred to as the “Gallagher Amendment”; (3) the requirement that the nonresidential property tax assessment rate is 29 percent; and (4) all funding requirements for public preschool through twelfth grade education that were included in “Amendment 23”

Withdrawn before Review & Comment hearing

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

#21: State Fiscal Policy (constitutional) – seeks to create an exception in the Tax Payer Bill of Rights (“TABOR”), Art. X, § 20 of the Colorado Constitution, to the prior voter approval requirement for tax measures based on the total projected revenue from all of a district's concurrent tax measures

Withdrawn before Review & Comment hearing

Proponents: Carol Hedges and Steve Briggs

Related Initiatives: #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18, #19, #20, #21

11/06/18:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

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Other

Summary
Status
Notes

#23: Prohibit Certain Traps for Hunting Wildlife (unspecified) – seeks to ban the use and implementation of “spring traps” for hunting wildlife on public lands that do not discriminate against species of wildlife

Pending Review and Comment hearing

Proponents: Samuel Matthews and Nora Matthews

01/10/19:
Initial Text Submitted to Legislative Council

01/24/19:
Review and Comment Hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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