The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office announced today that a proposed “right-to-work” measure will be on the 2008 ballot after state officials found that enough petition signatures were collected to put the proposal up for a vote.If passed, the legislation (now officially titled Amendment 47) would prohibit mandatory dues or agency fees for employees joining a unionized workplace covered by collective-bargaining agreements.
According to a statement from the state office, a projected 94,546 signatures out of approximately 136,000 submitted by initiative supporters were determined to be valid.
A little more than 76,000 petition signatures are required to put a proposal on the state ballot. The state office verifies a random five-percent sample of signatures for certification.
A Better Colorado, the group supporting the initiative, did not immediately return a request for comment.
Protect Colorado’s Future, a group opposing the measure, has said it will seek to independently verify the petition signatures, much like the process completed recently recently with a ballot proposal that would ban affirmative action programs in the state.
“Based on the election screening, we will in the coming days conduct a more a more detailed analysis of petition signatures,” said Jess Knox, spokesman for the group.
Protect Colorado’s Future recently filed a complaint with the Secretary of State alleging that right-to-work signatures were gathered illegally.
Financial reports detailing supporters of both groups will not be available until early May.