Judge throws out challenge to Amendment 66
DENVER — A judge threw out a challenge that was aimed at stopping a vote on Amendment 66 during the November 5 election.
A lawsuit from opponents of the proposal that asks voters if they want to raise income taxes statewide and give schools an additional $950 million a year challenged the petition process that put the bill on the ballot.
They wanted 40,000 signatures invalidated, which would have removed the proposal from the ballot.
The lawsuit alleged some signature gatherers didn’t follow proper procedures. If the signatures had been invalidated it would’ve taken the total signatures below the number needed to place the measure on the ballot.
Denver District Court Judge R. Michael Mullins ruled the petition process sufficiently complied with the law.
So he threw the lawsuit out and the statewide vote will proceed in three weeks.