51st state: Public meeting on Weld County proposal to secede from Colorado

Officials with several Colorado counties interested in forming a 51st state scheduled a public meeting for Monday afternoon.

The meeting is being held at the Akron Fairgrounds at 551 East Second Street at 2 p.m. The public can attend the meeting, but will not have the opportunity to participate.

Weld County Commissioners told the Greeley Tribune they will also meet with leaders from counties in western Nebraska and Kansas, which have expressed interest in joining the effort.

Officials planned to consider how the boundaries of such a state would look and whether it's feasible, Weld County Commissioner Doug Rademacher told the Tribune.

When they announced their proposal earlier this month, Weld commissioners said they felt agriculture and oil and gas are under attack in the State Legislature, and the needs of rural Colorado counties are being ignored.

Rademacher told the Tribune if the proposal makes it to the November ballot, he expects voters to approve the creation of a new state by at least a 60 percent margin.

In spite of support for the idea, Rademacher said he doesn't expect it to actually happen.

Under guidelines in the U.S. Constitution, North Colorado would have to get the consent of the Colorado General Assembly and the U.S. Congress to move forward with forming its own state.

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