This year, the League of Women Voters is neither for nor against any of the state or local ballot measures that voters are being asked to decide, having neither studied the issues and reached consensus nor having prior positions that can referenced.
To help voters make their choices, LWV La Plata will be conducting a pro/con ballot issue forum in Durango, and informal discussions in Ignacio and Bayfield. See our flier at www.lwvlaplata.org for details.
The three statewide ballot issues propose to amend the Colorado Constitution; the League believes this should be a policy document not burdened by specific detail, but that in itself may not be a reason to support or oppose.
Amendment S concerning the state personnel system was placed on the ballot after unanimous passage in the Colorado House and Senate. Wide bipartisan support suggests it might improve the efficiency of government, but human resource policy is not part of our expertise, and LWV cannot assess the efficiency impact.
Amendment 64 concerning the use and regulation of marijuana is a citizens initiative to legalize possession and use of 1 ounce or less by people 21 years of age or older. Although taxes on sales and savings resulting from reduced prosecution and incarceration are positive moves, we have not studied all ramifications of this measure.
Amendment 65 would ask Colorados congressional delegation to support campaign finance limits. While LWV advocates against the flood of money in elections, the proposals requirement that our federal legislators support certain legislation cannot be enforced. Until the national LWV endorses specific efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution, we cannot support such efforts but neither do we oppose them. Visit www.lwv.org/content/lwv-us-action-campaign-finance for League actions in this area.
Similarly, we are neutral on the three local ballot issues: the city of Durango LPEA franchise, term limits for the Hermosa Cliffs Fire Department, and the mill levy and bond for the Bayfield School District. Please visit our website www.lwvlaplata.org to review these measures, and visit www.VOTE411.org to check which of these will appear on your personalized ballot.
Ellen Park, co-president, League of Women Voters La Plata