The 51st state initiative is rooted in the divide between Colorado's rural population and the state legislature in Denver. Those counties that are considering secession have been put off by state lawmakers' support for policies like stricter gun control and raising renewable energy standards.
Any effort for the counties to secede from the state would first require voter approval, followed by a green light from the state legislature, the governor and U.S. Congress. Critics of the secession initiative point out that it's unlikely lawmakers would approve the split.
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