Wednesday, February 23, 2011

U.S. Term Limits Opposes Constitutional Amendment Double Standard Act in Colorado House

U.S. Term Limits President Philip Blumel denounced efforts in the Colorado legislature to limit citizens’ ability to change the state’s constitution through raising the plurality needed to make needed reforms to a 60% vote today in a letter sent to House members in Denver.

Saying that the proposed constitutional amendment (SCR-1) “undermines the citizen initiative process”, Blumel urged rejection of SCR-1 as nothing more than, “a backhanded strike against state legislative term limits which should be rejected.”

Blumel points out in his letter that the proposal sets up an “arbitrary double-standard” in the state’s constitutional amendment system, requiring a supermajority to add to the constitution, but leaving the threshold for rolling back state term limits at a 50%+1 voter margin.

“This flawed constitutional amendment, at the very least, needs to be changed to eliminate the obvious discrepancy between the rules for passing new constitutional amendments versus changing existing state laws,” Blumel concluded.

SCR-1 passed the Senate and is pending consideration in the state House of Representatives.