Be careful what you wish for.
You just might get it.
Voters passed Amendment 41 with good intentions in the November election. But intentions aren’t always good enough.
The law voters passed was a broad attempt to hold government officials accountable by not allowing state officials to receive gifts valued at more than $50 from public or private people.
The gift prohibition extends beyond legislators and bars all government employees from getting gifts, including “employees of “a public institution of higher education.”
This has put scholarship winners at colleges and universities who work for state institutions, including CSU, in limbo
What can and can’t be accepted as a gift remains ambiguous.
As Rep. Andrew Romanoff told the Collegian, the whole thing is a mess.
There is no better example of the need for voters to be knowledgeable about what they vote on than the debacle surrounding Amendment 41.
If more dialogue about the measure would have been had before the election, and if more people who are now concerned about the side effects of the amendment would have raised those issues four months ago, then we might be in a different situation today.
If there’s any lesson here it would be: Don’t vote unless you know what you’re voting on.