CSGI hosting debate on two statewide ballot initiatives

Colorado State Capitol Building
The exterior of the Colorado State Capitol, as seen from across Civic Center Park, in Denver. Photo by Michael Barera.

The Center for the Study of Government and the Individual at UCCS will host an information session and debate for two statewide ballot initiatives at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 18 in Centennial Hall room 188. The session will feature proponents and opponents for Amendment 74 and Proposition 112. Complimentary parking will be available in lot 224 starting at 4:30 p.m. 

Amendment 74 would require compensation when a local or state government law or regulation causes any reduction in the fair market value of private property. Shawn Martini, vice president of advocacy, Colorado Farm Bureau, will provide the proponent’s viewpoint. Rick Ridder, president and co-founder, RBI Strategies and Research, will provide the opponent’s viewpoint. 

UCCS Center for the Study of Government and the IndividualProposition 112 would create a mandatory 2,500-foot setback between new oil and gas development and homes, schools, occupied buildings and water sources. Heidi Henkel of Colorado Rising will provide the proponent’s viewpoint. Chad Calvert, manager of government relations and external affairs, Noble Energy, will provide the opponent’s viewpoint. 

Joshua Dunn, professor and chair, Department of Political Science, and director of the CSGI, will moderate the debate. Additional information on each of the speakers and registration is available at csgi.co. 

Ballots for the November elections will be mailed starting Oct. 15. The election is Nov. 6. In El Paso County, citizens can register to vote before or on Oct. 29 and still receive a ballot in the mail. After Oct. 29, citizens will have to register in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center before 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6.

The Center for the Study of Government and the Individual exists to explore the constitutional, economic, political and social foundations of a free, flourishing, and prosperous society and to provide a vehicle for the candid exploration of the proper relationship between government and individuals. The purpose is not to promote particular political ideologies, but to critically analyze all positions on the role of government in American society. 

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