51st State measure stalls in Morgan County

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FORT MORGAN, Colo. (AP) A proposal to secede from Colorado has run into trouble in Morgan County.

The Fort Morgan Times reports that backers only turned in about 900 signatures by Monday's deadline, less than the 2,300 signatures county commissioners set as the threshold to put the 51st state measure on the ballot.

Commissioners are expected to discuss the petition when they meet on Sept. 3.

Commission chairwoman Laura Teague has said secession would be costly for the agricultural county. She said water rights would be challenged, hurting farmers and ranchers.

Morgan County is surrounded by three other counties where the issue will be on the ballot -- Weld, Logan and Washington counties.

A new state would have to be approved by the state Legislature and the U.S. Congress, making the secession votes mostly symbolic.


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