Four Amendments Dropped from State Ballot

By: Jeff Morrow Email
By: Jeff Morrow Email

The record sized state ballot just got a little smaller.

Four amendments have been dropped from this November's ballot. Amendments 53, 55, 56, and 57 were pulled from this year's ballot which has many local politicians breathing a big sigh of relief.

Democrat State Representative Bernie Buscher says, "Putting these things in the Constitution would have been just a horrible mistake for the state of Colorado.

Republican State Representative Steve Kind says, "It's unfortunate because I think it's taken up a lot of time, it's taken up a lot of money, money that could be better spent on state issues where we're moving forward as a state."

The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce says these four measures would have put a huge financial strain on small businesses. The chamber had already voiced their opposition to the four amendments in September.

The four measures were widely considered pro-union and anti-business. Organizations supporting the four amendments will now focus their time and attention to fighting Amendment 47. King says Amendment 47 allows workers to not be forced to join a union and to not be fired over not joining a union.

Republican State Senator Josh Penry believes what happened Thursday was just plain and simple political extortion. Penry says, "I'm glad they weren't on the ballot, and they are not on the ballot, and they won't become law, but I also don't think you should not succumb to extortion. The business community would have been smart, and this is where the majority of the business community is, the majority of the business community thought we should roll up our sleeves get the case out that this was extortion and defeat them at the polls in November."

The amendments will physically remain on the ballot because all the ballots have already been printed, but Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Janice Rich says votes on the four amendments will not be counted.

The last chance to register to vote is this Monday.

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