August 18, 2019

Colorado Supreme Court: Petitions Concerning Administrative Matters Cannot Be Ballot Initiatives

On Monday, February 11, 2013, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Vagneur v. City of Aspen.

Municipal Corporations—Matters Subject to Initiative.

The Supreme Court considered whether two citizen-initiated proposed ordinances regarding the design and construction of a state highway entrance to the City of Aspen were administrative in character and therefore outside the scope of the initiative power reserved to the people under article V, §§ 1(1) and 1(9), of the Colorado Constitution. The Court held that the proposed initiatives were administrative in character and therefore were not a proper exercise of the people’s initiative power. It therefore affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals.

Summary and full case available here.

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