May 10, 2024 - Politics

Colorado lawmakers leave decisions to voters in 2024 ballot measures

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Colorado lawmakers finished their work. Now it's time for Colorado voters to do theirs.

State of play: The Legislature left five major questions for the November ballot, most prominently the repeal of a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, which is currently unenforceable because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The latest: The other questions headed to the ballot ask voters to:

The big picture: The Democratic majority on Thursday touted this year's legislative session as one of the most productive in recent memory.

Yes, but: In other areas, the Legislature didn't succeed in β€” or didn't try β€” striking compromises to avoid ballot fights. So outside groups are pursuing their own initiatives.

  • A ballot measure to lower property taxes substantially may move forward despite a bipartisan bill to lower spikes in property taxes approved by the Legislature.
  • An effort to lower the state's income tax remains a possibility, the sponsor tells us, even after lawmakers approved a bill to lower the rate in years with large TABOR surpluses.
  • A push to maintain local control over land use decisions is moving forward, advocates say particularly after lawmakers approved a package of bills creating statewide mandates.
  • A series of recent laws supporting transgender children is prompting opponents to seek a ballot measure requiring parents to be informed of "gender incongruity" at school.
  • A campaign to overhaul Colorado elections by abolishing party primaries is drawing opposition from conservatives who want a measure that would ban ranked choice voting and preserve the current system.

The bottom line: The ballot questions from the Legislature and potential measures from outside political forces will make for a long β€” and potentially confusing β€” ballot for voters in November.

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