IP-5-96 (February 1996)
Author: Paul Grant
- Frustrated old-time politicians are taking desperate steps to resist citizen involvement in the legislative process.
- Responsible government officials will try to make the process of change as non-disruptive as possible.
- The constitutionally protected rights of referendum and initiative are described as “reserved powers of the people”; these are not rights given by the legislature the courts, or the executive.
- The legislature has imposed a permanent Veto on the referendum process, in open defiance of the Colorado Constitution.
- In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the state of Colorado had arbitrarily and excessively acted to restrict constitutionally protected free speech rights protected by the First Amendment.
- Ignoring 100 years of their own judicial precedents, the Colorado Supreme Court has decided that the single subject requirement will be applied more strictly to initiatives than legislative bills.
- By intruding into the legislative process of the initiative, the supreme court has violated the constitutional provisions of “Separation of Powers.”
- The actions of the General Assembly and the Colorado Supreme Court show that they will disregard constitution protections when the people challenge long-established government power.