Fair Maps Colorado
☑ YES on Amendment Y
☑ YES on Amendment Z
These measures create fair and competitive congressional and state legislative districts. They will set up a new process that empowers independent commissions to draw district lines and keeps elected officials and lobbyists from drawing electoral districts because voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around.
Colorado’s population growth means we will likely have an eighth congressional seat by 2022. That means now is the time to improve our system for drawing districts. Together, these measures will help achieve fair and equal representation for all citizens of Colorado. Amendments Y and Z will:
- Create balanced independent commissions (4 Republicans, 4 Democrats, and 4 unaffiliated voters)
- Set clear criteria for map-drawing and prohibitions on gerrymandering
- Limit the roles of partisans and courts
- Heighten open meetings, public records, and ethical rules
- Secure fair and effective representation for all Colorado voters
- Maximize competitive districts
Oil and Gas Industry Attacking Colorado Values
☒ NO on Initiative 108 – “Just Compensation for Reduction in Fair Market Value by Government Law or Regulation”
Initiative 108 would prevent state and local governments from enacting policies that protect the health and safety of Coloradans.
What It Does
This measure would open up all state and local regulations to legal threat from people or companies who believe they should be making more money from their property. City and state governments could be forced to pay property owners for policies (like environmental protections, zoning laws, minimum wage requirements, or safety codes) that could impact the value of a property. It could tie the hands of city and state governments from enacting or enforcing laws or ordinances. This includes laws that aim to keep industrial activity away from schools and hospitals or that protect our health and safety.
Initiative 108 could allow businesses like marijuana stores next to schools. It could allow oil and gas drilling into neighborhoods that don’t want it. It could allow industrial activities to locate right beside hospitals. We elect representatives to make these decisions; they shouldn’t face challenges in court simply because someone disagrees with them.
Who’s Behind It
Colorado’s Constitution already makes sure governments compensate owners for taking private property. This measure is about giving corporate interests free rein to sue governments. Anadarko and Noble Energy’s front group, Protect Colorado, is the main funder of this measure, along with other oil and gas companies. Initiative 108 will take power from local representatives and put it in the hands of industries that don’t have Colorado’s interests at heart.
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