State Bank – Colorado

Proposed Constitutional Amendment for the State of Colorado To Establish a Publically-Owned State Bank

To be Numbered as Article X, Section 22

Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Colorado:

Preamble

WHEREAS, the State of Colorado desires to build an economy independent of the ups and downs created by the speculators and financiers that control the money creation and credit regulation processes of the United States; and

WHEREAS, many of the original 13 colonies of the United States and the current state of North Dakota, as well as many nations worldwide, have shown that true prosperity comes from public tax monies deposited into public banks and leveraged in the public interest; now therefore

In the constitution of the state of Colorado, add section 22 to Article X as follows:

(1) ESTABLISHMENT OF STATE-OWNED BANK. THE STATE OF COLORADO HEREBY ESTABLISHES A BANK TO BE OWNED BY THE STATE OF COLORADO. THE BANK IS AUTHORIZED TO LEND MONEY AT INTEREST OR AT NO INTEREST TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, COMMERCE, INDUSTRY, AND AGRICULTURE IN THE STATE AND TO PROMOTE HOME OWNERSHIP, MAINTENANCE AND CONSTRUCTION OF NEEDED INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, AND OTHER PURPOSES FOR THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF COLORADO. THE BANK SHALL HAVE ALL THE POWERS AND AUTHORITY OF OTHER BANKS CHARTERED BY THE STATE OF COLORADO. THE DEBTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE BANK ARE BACKED BY THE FULL FAITH AND CREDIT OF THE STATE OF COLORADO. THE REVENUE AND INCOME OF THE BANK SHALL NOT BE LIMITED, NOR SHALL EXPENDITURES AND MANAGEMENT OF ITS REVENUE, INCOME, AND ASSETS BE RESTRICTED, EXCEPT UPON SOUND FINANCIAL AND PUBLIC POLICY CONSIDERATIONS. ALL PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION ARE SELFEXECUTING AND SEVERABLE AND SUPERSEDE CONFLICTING STATE CONSTITUTIONAL, STATE STATUTORY, STATE CHARTERED, OR OTHER STATE OR LOCAL PROVISIONS.

(2) GOVERNANCE OF STATE BANK: ELECTED OFFICIALS: THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BANK SHALL CONSIST OF FIVE MEMBERS WHO SHALL BE ELECTED AS FOLLOWS: (A) THE STATE LEGISLATURE SHALL, IN A TIMELY FASHION NOT TO EXCEED THREE MONTHS FOLLOWING THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS AMENDMENT, DIVIDE THE STATE INTO FIVE DISTRICTS, BY GROUPING THE STATE HOUSE DISTRICTS INTO FIVE CONTIGUOUS DISTRICTS OF ROUGHLY EQUAL POPULATION, WITH DUE RESPECT TO THE RURAL AND URBAN CHARACTERISTICS OF SAID DISTRICTS. (B) THE INITIAL ELECTION SHALL BE IN AN ODDNUMBERED YEAR AND INCLUDE CANDIDATES FOR ALL FIVE DISTRICTS, TWO OF WHOM SHALL BE ELECTED FOR AN INITIAL TERM OF TWO YEARS AND THREE OF WHOM SHALL BE ELECTED FOR A TERM OF FOUR YEARS. TWO YEARS LATER, WHEN THE TWOYEAR TERMS EXPIRE, SAID TWO DISTRICTS SHALL ELECT MEMBERS TO TERMS OF FOUR YEARS. FOUR YEARS AFTER THE INITIAL VOTE, SAID THREE DISTRICTS SHALL ELECT MEMBERS FOR FOUR YEAR TERMS. THEREAFTER, ALL TERMS FOR ALL DISTRICTS SHALL BE FOR FOUR YEARS, (C) CANDIDATES MUST BE CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF COLORADO FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS BEFORE THEY CAN DECLARE THEIR CANDIDACY AND MUST BE RESIDENTS OF THEIR DISTRICT FOR TWO YEARS. (D) TO BE INCLUDED ON THE BALLOT, CANDIDATES SHALL REGISTER WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATES OFFICE, WHICH SHALL PROVIDE AN AUTOMATED ONLINE PROCESS THAT INCLUDES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR EACH CANDIDATE TO LIST THEIR QUALIFICATIONS AND REASONS WHY THEY WANT TO SERVE. (E) IN THE EVENT THAT NO CANDIDATE WITHIN A DISTRICT RECEIVES A MAJORITY OF VOTES FROM THAT DISTRICT, THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL HOLD A RUNOFF ELECTION BETWEEN THE TWO CANDIDATES RECEIVING THE MOST VOTES.

(3) GOVERNANCE OF STATE BANK: MANAGEMENT, EMPLOYEES, AND ADVISORS: THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS SHALL RECEIVE ADVISORY INPUT ON THE GENERAL DIRECTION OF THE BANK FROM A NINEMEMBER BOARD OF ADVISORS WHOSE MEMBERS REPRESENT A BROAD CROSSSECTION OF THE STATE, INCLUDING BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY, FARMING, TECHNOLOGY, FINANCE, SMALL BUSINESS, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND EMPLOYMENT, TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION BY A MAJORITY OF THE SENATE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF COLORADO. MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF ADVISORS SHALL BE NOMINATED BY VARIOUS GROUPS WITHIN EACH AREA OF INTEREST IN A MANNER TO BE DETERMINED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS SHALL ALSO RECEIVE REGULAR FINANCIAL REPORTS, NO LESS THAN ONCE A MONTH, FROM THE MANAGEMENT OF THE BANK. THE FINANCES OF THE BANK SHALL BE AUDITED ANNUALLY BY AN INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTING FIRM FREE FROM ANY CONFLICTS OF INTEREST WITH THE BANK OR STATE. EXCEPT FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE BANK, WHO SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND SERVE AT THEIR PLEASURE, THE MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYEES OF THE BANK SHALL BE HIRED ACCORDING TO THE STANDARDS OF THE STATE PERSONNEL SYSTEM, WHICH SHALL ENDEAVOR TO HIRE THE BEST QUALIFIED PERSONS AND COMPENSATE THEM ACCORDINGLY BY SALARY. NO EMPLOYEES OF THE BANK SHALL RECEIVE COMPENSATION IN THE FORM OF COMMISSIONS AND BONUSES. THE PRESIDENT OF THE BANK MUST HAVE SUBSTANTIAL EXPERIENCE IN BANKING. THE MANAGEMENT OF THE BANK SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAYTODAY OPERATIONS OF THE BANK, WHICH SHALL FOLLOW THE GENERAL OBJECTIVES SET BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

(4) RULES AND REGULATIONS OF STATE BANK. AFTER PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT AND THE INITIAL ELECTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, THE INITIAL MANAGEMENT OF THE BANK, CONSISTING OF THE TOP FIVE OPERATING OFFICIALS OF THE BANK, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT APPOINTED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THOSE HIRED BY THE PRESIDENT UNDER THE PROTOCOLS OF THE STATE PERSONNEL SYSTEM, SHALL BE CHARGED WITH DRAFTING THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE BANK, SUBJECT TO CONSIDERATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE ADVISORY BOARD AND APPROVAL OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE BANK. PRIOR TO SUCH APPROVAL, THE RULES AND REGULATIONS PROMULGATED BY SAID FIVE OPERATING OFFICIALS SHALL BE EFFECTIVE ON AN INTERIM BASIS.

(5) CAPITALIZATION OF STATE BANK: THE CAPITALIZATION OF THE BANK SHALL INCLUDE ALL TAX AND OTHER REVENUES AND FUNDS OF THE STATE, INCLUDING OTHER FUNDS SUCH AS MAY BE COLLECTED CURRENTLY FOR THE STATE BY OTHER BANKS, SUBJECT TO SOUND BANKING PRACTICES AND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE STATE BANK. SPECIFICALLY ALLOCATED FUNDS AND OTHER ASSETS OF THE STATE NORMALLY HELD BY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS SHALL BE DEPOSITED AND HELD BY THE STATE BANK.

(6) TRANSFER OF FUNDS FROM THE STATE BANK TO THE GENERAL FUND OF THE STATE OF COLORADO. THE STATE BANK MAY TRANSFER FUNDS, FROM TIME TO TIME, TO THE GENERAL FUND OF THE STATE OF COLORADO. SUCH AMOUNTS SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO OR COUNTED AGAINST ANY LIMITATIONS IMPOSED BY ANY STATE CONSTITUTIONAL, STATE STATUTORY, STATE CHARTERED, OR OTHER STATE OR LOCAL PROVISIONS.


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