State Amendment

The Colorado Community Rights Amendment is a proposed amendment to the Colorado’s Constitution to empower communities to adopt local laws that protect the rights of people and the natural environment at the municipal and county level.  The Community Rights Amendment would allow communities to adopt these laws by recognizing the right of local, community self-government in the Colorado Constitution Bill of Rights.  Our state Constitution currently says “All political power is vested in and derived from the people;  all government, of right, originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.”  The Community Rights Amendment would specify how the people could use that political power.

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Colorado Community Rights Amendment

Proposed Colorado Community Rights Amendment

Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Colorado

In the constitution of the state of Colorado, add section 32 to article II as follows:

Section 32. Right of Local Community Self-Government

(1) As all political power is vested in and derived from the people, and as all government of right originates from the people, the people have an inherent and inalienable right of local community self-government in each county, city, town, and other municipality.

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The need for a statewide Community Rights Amendment

Today, the law elevates the rights of private corporations over the rights of people who live in Colorado communities.  For a video that explains this, see So Your Community is Going to be Fracked, Mined, Factory Farmed, or fill in the blank…

Private corporations regularly invoke these rights and privileges when their interests conflict with communities’ attempt to protect the local environment, economy and workforce, and residents’ health, safety and welfare.  Read the rest