Colorado Constitution


The Colorado Constitution was drafted in March of 1876.  It was ratified on July 1, 1876 and became effective on August 1, 1876 when Colorado attained statehood.  The current constitution of Colorado is the only constitution the state has ever had.

The Colorado constitution includes a preamble and 29 articles.  It contains the rules for operating the state government.  From 1876 through 2007, the Constitution of Colorado has been amended 152 times.

There are three ways to amend the Colorado Constitution:

  • initiated constitutional amendments under Section 1 of Article V,
  • a constitutional convention , or
  • a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment under Article XIX

A general assembly is not allowed to propose amendments to more than six of the 29 articles of the Colorado constitution.

Full text of Colorado Constitution: http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/constitution/1876.pdf