This opinion is issued at the request of the Colorado Secretary of State, Ms. Donetta Davidson. In her letter of April 25, 2000, the Secretary of State poses several questions that seek to clarify limitations on the number of terms that may be served by elected officials in Colorado.
The term limits addressed in this opinion are set forth in Articles V, § 3(2) and XVIII, § 11 of the Colorado Constitution. These term limits were enacted through initiatives approved by the People of the State of Colorado in 1990 (Amendment No. 5) and 1994 (Amendment 17).