League of Women Voters to break down ballot measures


Voters who want to learn more about the 13 statewide ballot initiatives and referenda, including the nine to amend the state Constitution, are invited to a free, nonpartisan presentation by the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties.

Attendees will learn about the ballot issues and receive a brief explanation to the pros and cons of each.

The purpose of the presentations is to provide voters with the necessary information to be an informed voter for the Nov. 6 election. Presentations last about an hour and a half, and each issue will be discussed separately.

Pamphlets produced by the league will be avaialble.

Presentations will take place Wednesday, Oct. 3, and Monday, Oct. 8, at the Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock.

Contact Alice Ramsey at alice@ramsisle.com. Learn more at www.lwvarapahoedouglas.org/

Colorado Ballot Measures

• Amendment A: Civil rights and Constitutional language. Repeals a constitutional exception on the ban of slavery that allowed for slavery and involuntary servitude as a punishment for a crime. (LRCA)

• Amendment V: Legislature. Reduces age qualification for legislative members from 25 to 21. (LRCA)

• Amendment W: Elections and campaigns. Shortens language on the Colorado ballot regarding judicial retention by consolidating questions. (LRCA)

• Amendment X: Marijuana. Changes the definition of industrial hemp from a constitutional definition to a statutory definition. (LRCA)

• Amendment Y: Redistricting measures. Establishes an independent commission for congressional redistricting. (LRCA)

• Amendment Z: Redistricting measures. Establishes an independent commission for state legislative redistricting. (LRCA)

• Amendment 73: Taxes and education. Establishes tax bracket and raises taxes to fund education. (CICA/SS)

• Amendment 74: Property and fracking. Requires that property owners be compensated for any reduction in property value caused by state laws or regulations. (CICA)

• Amendment 75: Elections and campaigns. Changes campaign finance contribution limits and requirements. (CICA)

• Proposition 109: Bond issues and transportation issues. Authorizes bonds for transportation projects without raising taxes. (CISS)

• Proposition 110: Taxes, bonds and transportation. Authorizes bonds for transporation projects and raises taxes to repay the debt. (CISS)

• Proposition 111: Banking. Restricts the charges on payday loans to a yearly rate of 36 percent and would eliminate all other finance charges and fees associated with payday lending. (CISS)

• Proposition 112: Fracking. Mandates that new oil and gas development projects, includnig fracking, be a minimum distance of 2,500 feet from occupied buildings and other areas designated as vulnerable. (CISS)

(LRCA: legislatively referred constitutional amendment; CICA/SS: combined initiated constitutional amendment and state statute; CICA: initiated constitutional amendment; CISS: initiated state statute)


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