Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … The Colorado Supreme Court had been mulling over the Legislature's gambling restrictions for elected officials passed six years earlier.
The Colorado Supreme Court in a unanimous decision, declared constitutional a law prohibiting elected, municipal officials of Central City, Black Hawk and Cripple Creek as well as county commissioners of Teller and Gilpin Counties from holding a direct or indirect interest in a limited gaming license.
The Legislature had formulated the idea and gotten Gov. Roy Romer to sign off on it in May 1991 as part of the Colorado Limited Gaming Act, which had been spawned by the voters' desire to extend and expand gambling in the Colorado gaming towns under Amendment 50. The Legislature's measure then winded its way through the judiciary, taking over five-and-a-half years to reach the Colorado Supreme Court.