Colorado Supreme Court Opinions for July 2

In the Matter of the Title, Ballot Title, and Submission Clause for Proposed Initiatives 2017-2018 #178, #179, #180, #181

These initiatives are amendments to the Colorado Constitution regarding government authority in regulating oil and natural gas development. Regulation is limited by not restricting a property owner’s access to surface or mineral property. It is also limited to not impose unfeasible technical or economic conditions on access to property and subsequent development.

The court was split three to three on whether the action of the Title Board should be affirmed or reversed. Accord-ing to statute, in such an instance with an even split, the action is affirmed.

The action in this case being that the title board approved the language for the ballot titles, which are the summaries for the amendments that will appear on the ballot.

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