Hmm...perhaps I would stay in Colorado if this plan actually succeeded.
Rural Colorado county commissioners are pursuing a plan to splinter from the state and create a new one in the aftermath of a legislative session they say runs counter to their way of life.Laws passed this year in the Democrat-controlled Legislature enacting stricter gun control and impacting agriculture paired with attempts to expand regulation of oil and gas production to provide the tipping point, according to Sean Conway, a commissioner in Weld County, which is leading the charge to ask voters in November whether to form a new state.
“It wasn’t that people didn’t participate in the process,” Conway said. “They did. They went down to the hearings. They testified on the bills. They petitioned their legislators. They phoned their legislators, but they weren’t listening. They dismissed us.”
Conway, a Republican, dismissed the idea that the fight is partisan. He said some Democrats who hold county office in rural parts of the state where the economy is dependent on agriculture and oil and gas share his perspective.
Informal discussions have been under way between county commissioners about what kind of action could be taken to stand up against a perceived disregard for rural values, Conway told the Coloradoan. At the annual meeting of Colorado Counties Inc., this week, commissioners from up to 10 rural counties met formally for the first time to discuss moving ahead with the plan.
Any move to split from the state would involve votes in each county that seeks to be a part of the split, most likely referred by the boards of commissioners. If passed, the plan would require the approval of the Legislature and the governor to petition Congress to create a new state.
Conway said it would likely be a requirement that the counties are contiguous, but he said any county — including some in neighboring states such as Nebraska and Kansas — is welcome to pursue the option, which he concedes is extreme. Larimer County commissioners were unfamiliar with the plan, Commissioner Lew Gaiter said.
“Some will call (it) extreme, maybe aggressive,” said Weld County Commissioner Douglas Rademacher. “I would say absolutely. Extreme times call for extreme actions.”