Colorado voters are likely to have the opportunity to put an end to financially motivated government enforcement on the November 2018 ballot. "Stop the Shakedowns" is a Colorado issue committee which has passed all requirements to begin petitioning for a statewide ballot initiative which will stop government from receiving the financial benefit of fines, forfeitures or other financial penalties. Instead, if a victim of the action eliciting a fine exists, that victim would receive all of the fine money, up to their total damages. Absent a victim, as in a traffic infraction, the person being fined donates the fine amount to a Colorado charity of their choice. The initiative, filed with the Secretary of State as Issue #53 (until petitioning is complete and a proposition number is assigned), would result in the following:Kerbel describes himself as a former CEO of insurance businesses and a Libertarian who competed for the presidential nomination in 2015 but dropped out.
1) Any conflict of interest due to a financial motivation for enforcement of any law or regulation would be eliminated. The result would be judicious enforcement, and the credibility of enforcement would no longer be called into question. The result would be a more peaceful relationship between the people of Colorado and our law enforcement. Transparent financially motivate enforcement such as speed traps would no longer exist.
2) Victims have a minuscule amount of restitution from fine revenue, however less than 5% of this money actually gets in their hands now with our existing state programs. After this becomes law, a victim will receive up to 100% of the fine.
3) Hundreds of millions of additional dollars in the hands of charities each year will do much more to sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, and addressing myriad other societal problems in Colorado. This will result in safer communities and better assistance for people in need.
4) The public will be reminded that the people still have a voice in how government is managed, instead of feeling helpless as most people do now. The people making ground rules for government is not something seen very often since the drafting of the bill of rights.
5) Police officers will benefit, as the majority of police took their jobs to serve their communities. Today, their employers have required them to devote much of their time toward generation of revenue rather than community service.