A proposal from several northern Colorado counties to form the 51st state called North Colorado is gaining support.
Weld, Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma and Kit Carson counties want to secede from the state of Colorado and form their own new state over gun and renewable energy laws.
The first public meeting to discuss the matter on Thursday had a turn out of more than four dozen people, with nearly all supporting the proposal, according to Fox News.
“We believe there’s an attack on oil and gas,” Weld County commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer said. “We believe there’s an attack on agriculture. I don’t think those down in Denver understand any of it.”
“I think people, when they feel disenfranchised, when they feel that their voices are not being heard, I think that’s a problem in a representative form of government,” Weld County commissioner Sean Conway said.
Commisioners are concerned that there is a disconnect between the needs of rural voters and the legislators who are cracking down on gas drilling and passing gun control laws.
In order to form a new state, it must be approved by the legislatures in their jurisdiction. Five commissioners for Weld County told the meeting that 51st state initiative will be on the county ballot in November, according to The Greeley Tribune.