Initiative 97: Republicans take official position against oil & gas setbacks
An oil pump near a home in Frederick in Weld County.

They had planned to ask voters in November 2019 to repeal and replace Senate Bill 181, but last week the Colorado secretary of state’s office rejected four versions of their proposed ballot initiative. State officials said the proposals violated a law requiring initiatives to address only one subject.

John Brackney, a former Arapahoe County commissioner and one of the leaders of the repeal effort, said the group decided not to appeal the secretary of state’s ruling and instead will wait to see how the new rules take shape before deciding whether to ask voters to overturn it.