Colorado oil and gas industry backs tighter rules on changing constitution

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - An oil-and-gas industry-backed political group has given $1 million to the campaign for Amendment 71, a measure on the fall ballot that would make it harder to change Colorado's constitution.

The group is Protect Colorado, formally Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy and Energy Independence.

Amendment 71, referred to by supporters as “Raise the Bar — Protect Our Constitution,” would require that petition signatures for a proposal to amend the constitution be gathered statewide and not just in confined parts of the state.

Protect Colorado noted that about 70 percent of the signatures for one of two anti-oil-and-gas measures that failed to make this year's ballot were gathered in metro Denver, Larimer and Boulder counties.

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