Several measures aim to make ballot in 2018
There’s a slew of proposed measures working their way through the process of getting onto the ballot, but none of them will appear before voters this year.
Two groups, Fix Colorado’s Roads and the Independence Institute, had been considering trying to get something on this fall’s ballot to address transportation projects.
One would have raised taxes to do it, while the other would have issued bonds.
While neither group plans to continue trying to get a measure on the 2017 ballot, both are still eyeing doing so next year.
Meanwhile, there’s a host of other unrelated ideas trying to get themselves before voters in 2018, none of which have yet qualified for the ballot. Here’s a rundown of a few of them:
■ Prohibit sales of smart phones to minors: Proponents of this measure would bar retailers from selling smart phones or cellphones to anyone under the age of 13.
Calling their proposal the “Preservation of Natural Childhood,” proponents say they are quite serious about this issue.
“We the parents and concerned citizens of this most magnificent state through firsthand experience and mounting scientific data have come to believe that smart phones are addictive, harmful and dangerous in the hands of children,” proponents wrote in the legislative declaration of their proposal. “We as parents find this matter to be so widespread, so insidious and of the very highest priority.
“No half measures, ineffectual educational campaigns, new applications or promises from mega-corporations of improvement will suffice to cause the great change necessary to rescue this and generations of children to come from the careless and experimental introduction of similar technologic devices and advances by profit driven corporations.”
■ Candidate disclosure of income tax returns: As a direct consequence of President Donald Trump’s failure to release his income tax returns as presidential candidates have done in the modern era, this proposed ballot question would require presidential candidates to do so if they want to be voted on in Colorado elections.
The measure, which has been approved by the Colorado Initiative Title Setting Review Board to collect enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, would bar any presidential candidate’s name from appearing on a Colorado ballot if that candidate failed to produce his or her federal income tax return.
A bill in the Colorado Legislature this year attempted to do the same thing. While it cleared the Democratic-controlled House on a party-line 36-28 vote, it died in the Republican-controlled Senate.
■ Limit on local housing growth: This proposal would limit the number of new homes that could be built in 10 Front Range counties, stretching from Larimer to El Paso County.
The measure would limit housing growth to 1 percent of existing homes in 2019 and 2020.
That 1 percent limit would remain in effect until voters in any of the 10 counties vote to change it.
Other proposals focus on such things as a state scholarship program, paying voters a per diem for voting and increasing severance taxes on oil and gas while at the same time doing away with severance tax exemptions based on property taxes.