Ballot initiatives fizzle, rise 

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Backers of a proposal to raise Colorado's minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 turned in 200,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of State's Office hoping to put the measure on the November ballot.

The state will check 5 percent of signatures to determine if the total meets the required 98,492 valid signatures.

Meanwhile, two proposals have been pulled. Initiative 40, known as "Local Governance," would have given local governments sweeping powers to "secure rights of natural persons, communities, and nature" and "define or eliminate the rights and powers of corporations or business entities to prevent them from interfering." Supporters wanted to give communities more power to limit oil and gas development. Two related measures are still in the approval process.

Initiative 117, known as "Retention of Excess State Revenue," was also pulled. It would have allowed the state to keep revenues that the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights currently requires it to refund to citizens, or ask for permission to keep.

Eight proposed initiatives are in limbo. The only one certain for the ballot is Initiative 20, known as Amendment 69 or ColoradoCare, creating Medicaid-like health care for most Coloradans.


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