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Voters could have last word on issues

DENVER – Now that state lawmakers have gone home, voters could end up having the last word on some of the biggest issues debated at the Capitol this session.Proposals to crack down on illegal immigration, limit eminent domain and reform the state’s pension system are among more than 80 measures that still have a shot at making it on Nov. 7 ballot. A proposed ban on gay marriage is also in the works.Backers of the immigration proposal are already collecting signatures. It would prevent illegal immigrants from getting any non-emergency state services, from food stamps to in-state college tuition.Proponents of the other plans still have to figure out if they want to push ahead or if they’ll have the time or money for the effort.Eminent domain is one example. People who want to stop local governments from taking land so it can be turned into tax-producing shopping centers were hoping state lawmakers would pass a constitutional ban on the practice.The measure, however, was amended to allow seizures for economic development. Members of Colorado Citizens for Property Rights still believe the measure doesn’t go far enough, but they face a tough time getting it on the ballot because they’re relying on volunteers to collect the required 67,829 voter signatures.


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