Colo. House approves bill that smooths ballot initiative process

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The Colorado House has tentatively approved a bill lawmakers say will make the state’s ballot initiative process more transparent.

The House approved House Bill 1072 on an initial voice vote Tuesday. It would require that a ballot proposal’s two designated representatives attend the meeting where the measure is cleared to appear on the ballot. It would also require that they specify when they collected signatures and how much money they spent.

The bill follows a controversy over who was behind three measures to limit taxes and spending on last fall’s ballot. Opponents claimed anti-tax advocate Doug Bruce was a key backer, but they had difficulty proving it.

The bill faces another vote in the House before it can move to the Senate.