Today, the Colorado Secretary of State certified the more than 208,000 signatures submitted by the Colorado Farm Bureau to put their property rights initiative on the November ballot.

“Property rights are important to all Coloradans,” says Chad Vorthmann, Executive Vice President of the Colorado Farm Bureau and one of the proponents of the measure. “We saw that support as we worked around the state to gather more than 208,000 signatures. This measure will protect Coloradans and hold government accountable for its actions. We’re excited to take it to the ballot in November.”

The state Constitution provides protection for when a government action takes or devalues property. Amendment 74 will ensure citizens have a fair opportunity to be compensated for their potential losses due to punitive government action. It protects all private property owners, including homeowners, businesses, farmers and ranchers, urbanites and suburbanites from state or local governments taking their property by reducing its value without compensation.

“The Colorado Farm Bureau has stood strong on private property rights for generations,” continued Vorthmann. “This is a good government measure that will hold policy makers accountable and give voice to citizens who may be negatively impacted by government action.  We believe that Coloradans have a right to hold their governments accountable and deserve to be compensated when a government does something to reduce the value of their property. It’s only fair.”

For more information, visit Colorado’s Shared Heritage’s website:




Colorado’s Shared Heritage

Colorado’s Shared Heritage was created to defend strong property rights for all Coloradans. The group is committed to holding government accountable for its actions and ensuring property owners have the opportunity to be compensated for what is taken from them.

Colorado Farm Bureau

Colorado Farm Bureau is the state’s largest grassroots organization with nearly 24,000 members across Colorado. CFB seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values.