‘No’ on Amendment Q
In an age of terrorism, not to mention natural disasters, it certainly makes sense to have a back-up plan for moving Colorado’s seat of government from downtown Denver.
But do we really need another amendment to Colorado’s already hefty state Constitution to provide for such a move?
The legislative sponsors who placed Amendment Q on the ballot would say “Yes.” The Constitution does not provide a process for temporarily moving state government, even if a disaster occurs.
The problem is, Amendment Q would set up a rigid process for such a temporary move that would require consultation between the governor, chief justice of the state Supreme Court and legislative leaders, followed by a vote of the Legislature to designate a temporary meeting place. In a fast-moving emergency, that process may not be fluid enough.
Furthermore, as the Legislative Council’s Blue Book notes, all three branches of government have authority under current laws and rules to temporarily relocate in emergencies, even if that authority isn’t specifically written into the Constitution.
This is one more unnecessary addition to Colorado’s Constitution. Vote “No” on Amendment Q.