On Nov. 8, voters in Colorado will decide on 11 measures on the General Election ballot, in addition to statewide and local political candidates.
Some measures referred by the legislature as an amendment to the constitution are followed by a letter; or a proposition to amend state statues or a tax question are followed by a double letter; others, initiated by citizen signatures, are labeled as an amendment, followed by a number.
The measures range from a state income tax reduction proposal and dedicating revenue for affordable housing programs, to programs to support healthy school meals for students to changes to charitable gaming operations.
The measures are as follows:
Amendment ‘D’ New 23rd Judicial District Judges, would amend the state constitution to direct the governor to designate judges from the 18th Judicial District to serve the remainder of their terms in the new 23rd Judicial District and requiring judges designated to establish residency in the 23rd District.
Amendment ‘E’ Homestead Exemption to Gold Star Spouses, would extend the current Homestead Exemption on property taxes for qualified seniors and disabled veterans to the surviving spouses of a service member who died in the line of duty or whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.
Amendment ‘F’ Changes to Charitable Gaming Operations, proposes reducing the minimum number of years a nonprofit must operate in Colorado from five to three in order to obtain a bingo/raffle license. It would also allow charitable gaming workers to be paid, but does not require it.
Proposition ‘FF’ Healthy School Meals for All, would provide access to free meals to all public school students in the state, and provide grants to school districts for providing such meals. It would be funded by increasing taxes for households with more than $300,000 in adjusted federal gross income by limiting their state income tax deductions.
Proposition ‘GG’ Add Tax Information Table to Petitions and Ballots, would change statutes to require any ballot initiatives to increase or decrease state income tax rates to provide a table showing average tax changes for tax filers of different income levels.
Proposition 121 State Income Tax Reduction asks whether the state income tax rate should be lowered from 4.55 percent to 4.40 percent for 2022 and each year into the future.
Proposition 122 Access to Natural Psychedelic Substances seeks to establish legal access to natural medicines defined as certain psychedelic plants or fungi (psychedelic mushrooms) and decriminalize their possession and use for those 21 years of age and older. It would establish supervised care and require the Department of Regulatory Agencies to implement and regulate such medicines to protect public health and safety as well as create an advisory board, grant local governments limited authority to regulate the time, place and manner of providing natural medicine services and allow limited personal possession use and ‘uncompensated sharing’ of such medicines and provide protections, including criminal and civil immunity, for providers and users and in some circumstances, allow retroactive removal and reduction of criminal penalties for possession, use and sale of such substances.
Proposition 123 Dedicate Revenue for Affordable Housing Programs would change statutes on statewide funding for additional affordable housing and dedicate revenues collected from the existing one-tenth of one percent of federal taxable income and exempt those revenues from the constitutional limits on state fiscal year spending. It would allocate 60 percent of such revenues for affordable housing programs to reduce rents, purchase land for affordable housing development, and hold assets for renters. It would also allocate 40 percent of the revenues for programs supporting affordable home ownership and help for the homeless, support local planning capacity, expedite affordable housing development approval and commit the state to increasing affordable housing units by three percent annually.
Proposition 124 Increase Allowable Liquor Store Locations, would change statutes to increase the number of retail liquor store licenses a person may hold an interest in, by allowing increasing numbers of licenses; 13 by Dec. 31, 2031; 20 by Dec. 31, 2036 and an unlimited number of licenses as of Jan 1, 2037.
Proposition 125 Allow Grocery and Convenience Stores to Sell Wine would allow the expansion of the sale of alcoholic beverages to include licensed grocery and convenience stores that now sell beer to sell wine as well. It would also allow them to conduct tastings if approved by the local licensing authority.
Proposition 126 Third Party Delivery of Alcohol Beverages would allow third-party companies to deliver alcohol from grocery stores, liquor stores, bars, restaurants, and convenience stores and makes takeout and delivery from bars and restaurants permanently legal.
Voter service and polling centers will be open 7:oo a.m. to 7:oo p.m. on Election Day. Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters between Oct. 17 and Oct. 21.
Featured image: The Ballottrax voting tracker allows registered voters to track the progress of their ballot, to acceptance through being recorded.