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Garfield County considers supporting Colorado's 'Raise the Bar' Amendment

May 11, 2018

Credit Garfield County

Garfield County’s Commissioners will decide Monday if they’ll sign an amicus brief supporting the state’s “Raise the Bar” amendment, which would make it so voters from around the state would need to give input on any changes to Colorado’s constitution.


To amend Colorado’s constitution, signatures are required from at least two percent of registered voters in each of the state’s 35 senate districts. This is Amendment 71, or the “Raise the Bar” amendment, which voters approved in 2016.  

It’s currently being challenged in court.

The Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado has asked its member counties to add their names to a list in support of the amendment, which it states ensures “broad statewide interest” for any constitutional changes, not just support from densely populated areas.

Garfield County may sign the amicus brief, but will not contribute anything to the effort, financially.