News Now: Supreme Court Finalists, Redistricting, and More

By Chris Jackson

We hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Get ready to tackle the week with these public-law highlights:

  • Supreme Court finalists announced. The Judicial Department announced three finalists for Chief Justice Rice’s seat on the Colorado Supreme Court: Maria Berkenkotter, Karen L. Brody, and Carlos A. Samour, Jr. The Denver Post interviewed attorney Chris Jackson in discussing the candidates’ backgrounds.
  • Aspen bag fee doesn’t violate TABOR. In a 4-3 decision, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld Aspens’ $0.20 grocery bag charge after concluding that it was a fee, rather than a tax, and therefore not subject to the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights.
  • Civil Rights Commission is re-authorized. Governor Hickenlooper signed HB 18-1256 into law, a bipartisan bill re-authorizing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The CCRC is a party in Masterpiece Cakeshop, US Supreme Court case involving a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.
  • Voters will weigh in on redistricting proposal. The General Assembly has decided to put a new redistricting measure to the voters. This November, Coloradans will be asked to vote on whether they support a proposal putting Congressional and state-legislative redistricting into the hands of an independent commission.

Chris Jackson is a litigator at Sherman & Howard whose practice lies at the intersection of private and public law. He frequently writes and comments on appellate law, elections, and campaign finance (particularly in Colorado). Follow Chris on Twitter at @COAppeals.