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In Colorado, there are two environmental ballot initiatives close to gaining enough signatures to be on the ballot.

Six State Ballot Initiatives that you Should Know About

Joe Blackman, Hazel Technologies
July 29, 2016 2:20 pm CST

With the election entering full swing, Americans around the country are campaigning heavily for what they believe. While the most of the spotlight will focus on the presidential election, there are many important ballot measures that individual states are facing.

In Massachusetts, there is an initiative to create more humane living spaces for livestock by outlaw

In Massachusetts, there is an initiative to create more humane living spaces for livestock by outlawing the sale of any eggs and various meats from farms with cruel animal containment.

These measures range from environmental regulations to general agriculture and farming laws. The following list comprises of six important ballot initiatives that many voters will decide on this November.

Carry-Out Bag Revenue Initiative
Also known as the Environmental Fee Protection Initiative (Proposition 65), this initiative states that’s revenue connected through the sale of carry-out bags must be used for specific types of environmental projects. Those who vote “Yes” this November will be voting in favor of redirecting the revenue from carry-out bags and allowing the Wildlife Conservation Board to decide what to do with the revenue. Those who vote “No” do not want to redirect any revenue from carry-out bags.

Plastic Bag Ban Referendum
This referendum (Proposition 67) also deals with bags, but specifically deals with the ratifying the legislation to ban plastic bags. Voting “Yes” supports the ratification and would prohibit large grocery stores from providing plastic carryout bags. It would also provide $2 million to state bag manufacturers for a smooth transition into producing thicker, multi-use bags. Voting “No” would overturn the Senate Bill 270, which would overturn the plastic, single-use bag ban.

While the following Colorado initiatives are still collecting signatures, it is likely they will make it to the ballot allowing voters to determine future regulations on fracking and environmental protection.

"Right to a Healthy Environment" Amendment
This measure essentially ensures one’s right to protecting the environment and would require that local governments prioritize protecting the environment. A healthy environment is defined by safe and sustainable conditions for human life. This includes air, water, land and other ecological systems. Voting in favor would support the amendment, while voting against would oppose the amendment and the right to a healthy environment.

Local Control of Oil and Gas Development Amendment
This initiative would amend the state constitution and allow oil and gas development to be regulated by local governments. Like the previous “Right to a Healthy Environment” amendment, this would also grant more power to local governments to create more regulation for oil and gas companies. There is a currently a ‘decline to sign’ effort, organized by energy giants, to curb this initiative and keep it off the ballot.

Farm Animal Containment Initiative
If passed, the Farm Animal Containment Initiative would outlaw sales of eggs, veal or pork from farms that confine their animals in a “cruel manner.” A vote of “Yes” on the question would outlaw such sales, while a vote of “No” would not prohibit the sale of farm products from animals confined in a cruel manner. “Confined in a cruel manner” is defined as any confinement that prevents specified animals from lying down, standing up, extending limbs or turning around.

Right to Farm Amendment
This initiative, if passed, would lessen regulation on farming by declaring the Right to Farm as a constitutional right. Those in favor of the initiative feel that current regulation is restricting agricultural business and de-incentivizing further agricultural research and development. The opposition fears that the passage of this amendment would benefit corporations and their agricultural interests, while making it more difficult for small and family farms to defend themselves and receive assistance from the state government.

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