Colorado voters will decide this November whether they want the option of buying wine with their groceries, as well as other changes to state liquor law.
The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office on Friday certified that enough signatures were submitted to qualify the measures for the November ballot. The approval all but finalizes what proposed changes to state law voters will decide in this November’s general election.
The measures approved for the ballot Friday are:
- Initiative 96, which would increase the number of retail liquor licenses a Colorado entity can hold from two to eight next year, and gradually increase to an unlimited number after 2037
- Initiative 121, which would allow grocery and convenience stores licensed to sell beer to also sell wine beginning in March
- Initiative 122, which would allow third-party delivery of alcoholic beverages
The three initiatives round out the three others the secretary of state previously approved for the ballot and five that were approved by state lawmakers during the last legislative session.
The other initiatives include proposals to cut the state income tax from 4.55% to 4.4%, to legalize psilocybin mushrooms, and to dedicate one-tenth of 1% of state income tax to affordable housing funds.
Lawmakers, meanwhile, are asking voters to require initiated measures that would change the tax rate to include a table comparing their effects across income brackets and to cap income tax deductions for high-income taxpayers in order to pay for universal free school meals, among others.
Supporters of the ballot initiatives needed to submit about 125,000 valid signatures in order to place the measures on the ballot. A majority of voters need to say yes to them for them to become law.