Constitution proposal loses Scott’s support
DENVER — Rep. Ray Scott and five other Republicans took their names off a bill Thursday that would call for a ballot question to make it harder to change the Colorado Constitution.
The Grand Junction Republican said he reconsidered his stance on the measure, saying it would have been unfairly onerous for citizens who want to go to the ballot.
“I just kind of thought it would have infringed on what we have been doing,” Scott said. “Also, there was no limit on us (in the Legislature), so how could we put a limit on the people?”
Regardless of those defections on House Concurrence Resolution 2, the measure passed 47-18, getting four more votes than the needed two-thirds of the House to be approved.
Despite Scott’s change of heart, the measure still had support from several other local lawmakers, including Reps. Jared Wright, R-Fruita; Bob Rankin, R-Glenwood Springs; Don Coram, R-Montrose; and Millie Hamner, a Dillon Democrat whose district includes Delta County.
The proposal, which now heads to the Senate for more debate, would require that a portion of signatures to get onto the ballot to alter the Constitution would have to come from each of the state’s seven congressional districts.
Additionally, the proposal also would double the number of signatures required to make the ballot. Currently, it’s more than 86,000.