Weld County Sides with Commissioners on 51st State
The last time a state succeeded in secession was in 1863 when West Virginia was formed. This Tuesday, voters in 11 northern Colorado counties will vote on whether
their county commissioners should pursue seceding from Colorado and forming a
This movement began with 'unrest' between urban and rural ideals. This year's legislation session saw lawmakers raise renewable energy standards for rural electric co-ops, float bills increasing regulations on oil and gas and pass sweeping gun control laws.
This has been a complicated journey in that 3 Greeley attorneys argued the state Constitution says that only Colorado citizens have the authority to alter their government, and that commissioners have limited power.
This vote is only the beginning as a new state would need congressional approval.
See the detailed story in the Greeley Trib