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Repeal Exception To Constitutional Ban On Slavery

Submitting to the registered electors of the state of Colorado an amendment to the Colorado constitution that prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime and thereby prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude in all circumstances.
2018 Regular Session
Labor & Employment
Bill Summary

The Colorado constitution currently prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime for which an individual has been duly convicted. If approved at the November 6, 2018, general election by a statewide majority vote, the concurrent resolution prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude in all circumstances by repealing the existing exception to the prohibition. The resolution also clarifies in a nonconstitutional legislative declaration that the purpose of the proposed constitutional amendment is not to disallow opportunities for persons convicted of crimes to work but instead to merely prohibit compulsory labor from such individuals.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this concurrent resolution as introduced in the second house.)




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