PROTECT THE PETITION PROCESS
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The right to petition prevents tyranny and corrupt politics. Our Founding Fathers affirmed that We the People control government.
Colorado must resist further attacks by politicians, bureaucrats, and other bullies. Defend our First Amendment right to petition. Free us from these would-be masters.
The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) used all volunteer help. It passed, although outspent 4-to-1. Term limits and other grassroots petitions also reformed government.
Adding signatures makes collection harder for volunteers. Requiring a super-majority to pass, so “no” votes count more than “yes” votes, is also undemocratic.
Voters are selective, but want choices. In 110+ years, voters have approved only about 80 petitioned laws. By contrast, politicians pass 400+ new laws yearly. The Petition Rights Amendment (PRA) will provide checks and balances.
Wary of petitions by special interests? PRA allows more time to collect entries, so grassroots volunteers and low-budget citizen groups can succeed.
Too many amendments? PRA ends political repeal of petitions. To value the constitution, its amendments will need 50% more entries than ordinary laws.
Too many elections? PRA limits them to one day each November.
Unaccountable county, school, or special districts? PRA covers them too.
Annoyed by lengthy, vague ballot titles? PRA holds them to 60 words in plain English. Election notices will be written by citizens, not lawyers.
Angered by politics? Since 1933, most bills are false “emergencies” to stop disputes. PRA OKs ten “emergencies” yearly; other bills may be petitioned.
Colorado has the nation’s most anti-petition legislature. Citizens convinced the U. S. Supreme Court many times to save our right to petition. We head the Hall of Shame of all 50 Legislatures.
Petitions alone change nothing. They just let citizens vote on proposed laws. Insiders who attack petitions are trying to suppress your precious right to vote.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
PRA replaces 1563 words in our state constitution with 519 clear words in law to protect your right to vote. It’s SHORT.
PRA reduces complexity from 1910 using a modern and logical process. It’s SIMPLE.
PRA reforms petition elections—only one day a year, fewer lawsuits, and more balanced voter information from fellow citizens. It’s FAIR.