In re Title, Ballot Title & Submission Clause for 2019–2020 #315.
2020 CO 61. No. 20SA154. Clear Title Requirement—Single Subject Requirement—Ballot Titles.
June 22, 2020
In this case, the Supreme Court reviewed the Title Board’s actions in setting the title and the ballot title and submission clause for Initiative 2019–2020 #315 (Initiative #315). Initiative #315 proposes to add Colo. Const. art. X, § 22 and to amend certain statutory provisions in Colorado Revised Statutes Titles 24 and 39 to create a new preschool program by reallocating revenue generated by existing state taxes on tobacco products and tobacco litigation settlements and by levying a new sales tax on tobacco-derived nicotine vapor products.
The Court concluded that the title that the Title Board set for Initiative #315 presents a single subject—namely, the creation and administration of a Colorado preschool program funded by state taxes on nicotine and tobacco products. It further concluded that the title satisfies the clear title requirement because it describes Initiative #315’s central features succinctly, accurately, and fairly and in a manner that will not mislead voters. Accordingly, the Court affirmed the Title Board’s actions in setting the title for Initiative #315.
Clear Title Requirement, Single Subject Requirement, Ballot Titles