Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway, who was the face of the 51st state initiative, is in favor of putting the Phillips County proposal to the vote of the people.
"They are no longer a part of the political process, and that's what fermented the 51st state idea," Conway said. "This is an idea that I think has merit, and it would not be hard to implement. We currently have 65 legislators in the Colorado House. Giving each county a seat at the table and including and bringing that representation from all across the state of Colorado, I think, as the governor said, it will make us stronger. I think it will make Colorado a better place and potentially could be a model for the rest of the country and many other states that are experiencing the same thing in larger states like California and smaller states like Delaware and Rhode Island."
"I do believe that the rural/urban divide is not subsiding, it's growing," Conway said on Wednesday. "As Colorado becomes more urbanized, particularly urbanized in a small portion of the state geographically along the I 25 corridor primarily between Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, and when you have a state as large and diverse as Colorado, it makes sense to have as much of that diversity represented in the Colorado General Assembly."
Schafer said the effort behind the proposed legislation started with the 51st state initiative in 2013 that was a reaction against legislation decided without statewide input. A resolution by state Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, R Sterling, to try and get Nike Air Max Thea Review
Conway said many of the state's rural residents are feeling politically disenfranchised.
"If you look at the map that shows the House of Representatives, probably about 12 of them serve outside the Front Range or what we're calling 'other Colorado.' All the other representatives exist from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins, and they're all in the populated areas," Schafer said. "With this change, the Senate would still be based on population, but the House would change to give everybody a seat at the table. We'd all have a voice with what happens in this state."
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the state Legislature to put the Phillips County proposal on the ballot failed in the latest session.
Both the Colorado House and Senate are based on population, but the proposal would change House district boundaries to coincide with county boundaries, giving each county one representative. The state Legislature currently has 65 House seats. If this proposal becomes a reality, the House seats would be reduced to 64. That would mean that Weld County, which currently holds four House seats in Greeley (Dave Young D), Windsor (Perry Buck R), Firestone (Lori Saine R) and Severance (Steve Humphrey R), would hold one House seat.
Randy Schafer wants rural Colorado to have a voice and representation when it comes to the state's legislation.
representative in the Legislature from each of the 64 counties in Colorado. Senate. Senate gives two votes to two senators in every state regardless of size, regardless of land mass and regardless of population," said Schafer in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon. "Bringing that back to Colorado, we talked about changing one of the Houses so it was based on Nike Air Max Tavas Se Black And White an area rather than population. We have a representative, but it Air Max Thea Burgundy Womens
Schafer said the proposal isn't viewed as a partisan issue, but it's all about representation.
Ballot initiative would give each of Colorado's 64 counties a voice
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