[June 22, 2007 Note: The information concerning ACRI’s ballot initiative language in this post (first and second paragraphs) has been updated here.]
Colorado has published language for the American Civil Rights Institute proposed ballot initiative (note: the actual language in the initiative is subject to change).
SECTION 31: NONDISCRIMINATION BY THE STATE
(1) The State shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.
The Colorado Legislative Council and the Office of Legislative Legal Services have provided an interesting analysis of the initiative’s language. Essentially, the Colorado Legislative Council and the Office of Legislative Legal Services asked about the definition of certain terms in the initiative.
Of course, the analysis has no practical effect (emphasis, below, mine).
Step 2 — Review and Comment Meeting
The purpose of a review and comment meeting is twofold: (1) to review the wording of an initiative with the proponents so that the initiative accomplishes the proponents’ intent and (2) to give the public notice that a proposal on a given topic is under consideration. The Office of Legislative Legal Services and Legislative Council Staff jointly prepare written comments on each proposal. The comments typically contain a summary of the proposal followed by a series of questions concerning the wording, intent, and purpose of the proposal. These comments are provided to the proponents 48 hours before the meeting and are reviewed verbally with the proponents during the meeting. The meeting is open to the public and tape recorded for the public record, but there is no public comment or testimony at the meeting. The proponents can revise their proposal to incorporate some or all of the legislative staff comments, but they are not required to do so. If proponents withdraw a measure prior to the meeting, the comments prepared by legislative staff are not released to anyone other than the proponents.