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Colorado attorney general asks court to reconsider ruling on TABOR limits

Posted: 8:55 AM, Sep 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-05 10:55:46-04
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser on Politics Unplugged

DENVER (AP) — Colorado wants a federal court to reconsider a ruling that revived a legal challenge to the state's tax-and-spending limits.

Attorney General Phil Weiser asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday to review its decision that said 10 local governments have a right to challenge a Colorado constitutional amendment known as the Taxpayer Bill of Rights or TABOR.

TABOR requires state and local governments to get voter approval to increase taxes and issue bonds. It requires governments to refund taxes in excess of annual limits.

The lawsuit has zigzagged through the courts since 2011. A lower court ruled the local governments don't have legal standing to sue, but a three-judge panel of the appeals court reversed that ruling in a 2-1 decision.

Weiser asked the full appeals court to reconsider.