Ref S:State personnel system

Updates procedures & rewards process of the state personnel system
Outcome: Passed

Summary

Text of the ballot measure:

"Submitting to the registered electors of the state of Colorado amendments to the Colorado Constitution concerning the state personnel system, and, in connection therewith, expanding the veterans' preference; increasing the number of candidates eligible to be appointed to a position; adjusting the duration of allowable temporary employment; allowing the flexibility to remove a limited number of positions from the system; modifying the residency requirement; adjusting the terms of service for members of the state personnel board; and requiring merit-based appointments to be made through a comparative analysis process."

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what your vote means

Yes

According to a legislative analysis, approving Referendum S would allow temporary workers to be hired for up to nine months (previously six); allow six candidates to be considered for open jobs, up from three; allow the state personnel director, instead of the personnel board, to determine rules ranking job candidates; loosen residency requirements near state borders; change terms on the state personnel board term to three years with two-term limit; plus other minor changes.

No

Employees of the state of Colorado continue serving under the old personnel system; state personnel board term length remains at five years with no term limits.

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financial effect

Yes

The fiscal impact of the measure is minimal, legislative financial analysts say.

No

The fiscal impact is minimal, legislative financial analysts say.

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campaign arguments

Yes

Expands the pool of job candidates and allows the state to consider a broader range of candidates. Allows greater discretion in hiring temporary workers. Limits "career politicians" on the state personnel board. Allows the governor greater leeway in hiring staff.

No

Gives the governor and political appointees too much leeway in hiring. The change is unnecessary. Nine months of  temporary work is too long. Amendment would give personnel director and governor too much power over the residency requirement of applicants and board members, respectively.

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campaign information

Yes

Yes on S Campaign

Address: 2525 16th Street, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80211

Telephone: 303-861-1232

Website: http://VoteYesonS.com

No

Responsible Colorado State Employment
1845 Kendall Street #228
Lakewood, CO 80214
303-202-0246

Colorado Citizens for Good Government: 
No On Amendment S
1675 Broadway Suite 2450
Denver, CO 80202
303-866-9868
www.noonamendments.com

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Additional information

Ref S Full textClick here to view.
Measure TypeReferred by the Colorado General Assembly

Funding

Yes

RankContributor nameTotal
1TOTAL RENAL CARE, INC.$100,000
2 CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY$50,000
3ENCANA OIL AND GAS, INC.$25,000
4COLORADO CONCERN$25,000
5PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES USA, INC.$15,000
21.2%
10.6%
5.3%
5.3%
3.2%
$472.0 thousand raised in total

No

100.0%
$550.0 raised in total
RankContributor nameTotal
1NORA V KELLY$550

Editorials

Yes

No

Campaign Advertisements

Yes

  • Click here to listen to the radio spot.

No

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