Just another attempt to wipe out one more felon friendly opportunity for folks. Why don't people understand that public safety is far more compromised when people who are returning from prison are unable to get jobs. These are people who have successfully completed their sentences and are trying to get on with their lives. I am surprised that 9 news would be this irresponsible and go for a story where one doesn't exist. Especially when nothing has happened and this has been an opportunity for people make a living.
KUSA ? Some people gathering signatures for ballot initiatives who approach Coloradans have criminal records, according to court record searches conducted by 9Wants to Know.
9NEWS found signature gatherers convicted of sexual assault on a child, theft, harassment, trespassing and drug possession. Most signature gatherers are hired by private companies and paid for each signature they receive.
The gatherers we watched were asking for signatures for more than one ballot initiative.
People who sign petitions are required to give their name, signature and their home address.
"It's a little frightening," said House Majority Leader Alice Madden (D-Boulder).
Madden authored a bill, that passed the House and Senate but was vetoed by Gov. Bill Ritter, which would have prohibited convicted felons from being paid signature gatherers.
Ritter (D-Colorado) says he vetoed the bill because it would have only affected paid petition circulators and not volunteer petition circulators. He felt that allowing paid and unpaid gatherers to operate by different sets of standards violated the U.S. Constitution and the Colorado Constitution. (Click here to read Ritter's full explanation.)Madden says signature gatherers need some oversigh