The Colorado State Constitution: A Reference Guide
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - Political Science - 489 pages
Created in the roiling years of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and industrial expansion, Colorado's state constitution is indelibly marked by an overt suspicion toward elected and appointed officials (with good reason given their often dubious behavior). Not surprisingly, then, the Colorado Supreme Court has been called on to mediate the frequent and ongoing feuds between that state's citizens and their legislators, which it has done successfully, if spottily at times. The result is one of the longest and most detailed, but ultimately successful, state constitutions in the Union. Collins and Oesterle provide a brief history of the document's creation and evolution, then proceed to discuss the legislation and case law pertinent to understanding every article's and section's current legal interpretation. Valuable to scholars and students of local and legal history, and to practicing attorneys seeking to understand the groundwork of the Colorado state constitution, this reference book provides a wealth of historical and legal information critical to apprehending the past and present of a state that is often at the center of national political controversies.
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THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION
Distribution of Powers
Section l8 Enacting Clause l26 Section I9 When Laws Take EffectIntroduction of Bills l27 Section 20 Bills Referred to CommitteePrinted
Public Funding of Abortion Forbidden
Suffrage and Elections
Section 2l Bill to Contain but One SubjectExpressed in Title l28 Section 22 Reading and Passage of Bills
Section 22a Caucus Positions ProhibitedPenalties l30 Section 22b Effect of Sections 20 and 22a
Revival Amendment or Extension of Laws l3l Section 25 Special Legislation Prohibited
Section 25a EightHour Employment
Signing of Bills
Officers and EmployeesCompensation l35 Section 28 Extra Compensation to Officers Employees or Contractors Forbidden l35 Section 29 Contracts ...
Salary of Governor and Judges to Be Fixed by LegislatureTerm Not to Be Extended or Salaries Increased or Decreased repealed l36 Section 3l Reven...
Disbursement of Public Money
Appropriations to Private Institutions Forbidden
Delegation of Power
Laws on Investment of Trust Funds l40 Section 37 Change of Venue repealed l40 Section 38 No Liability Exchanged or Released l40 Section 39 Ord...
Bribery and Influence in General Assembly
Section 4l Offering Giving Promising Money or Other Consideration repealed l42 Section 42 Corrupt Solicitation of Members and Officers repealed ...
Revision and Alteration of Districts Reapportionment Commission
Appointment of State AuditorTerm QualificationsDuties
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