Effort to tighten Colo. constitution in peril

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers from both parties seemed unusually united earlier this year on a plan to rein in the state’s free-wheeling constitutional amendment process.

But with just a few hours left to go in this legislative term, the measure to make it harder to amend the constitution is very much in doubt.

The Democratic Senate and Republican House have both passed a resolution making it harder to change the state constitution by requiring a 60 percent vote of the public, not a simple majority. But the chambers approved slightly different versions of the resolution, and efforts to rectify the differences have stalled for more than two months.

The Legislature finishes work Wednesday, and lawmakers from both parties say it appears the resolution about the state constitution may not succeed.


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