Wednesday, 03 Nov 2010
My Fox - Tampa Bay
NewsCore) - Denver voters appeared concerned with earthly matters on Tuesday, such as filling an open seat for governor -- and voted down a city initiative to establish the first-ever government commission to study extraterrestrial life.
Initiative 300, as the measure was called, would have created a seven-person panel to study unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and collect and disseminate information about extraterrestrial visits to Earth. At least one member of the commission would have to be an expert who had “consulted at least 100 people regarding their alleged close encounters with extraterrestrial intelligent beings.”
The ballot language added that commission members did not need not be Denver residents and could have participated "from anywhere in the universe by any means available.”
But it failed with less than one percent of the precincts reporting, 84 percent to 16 percent, according to Colorado NBC affiliate 9news.com.
The initiative was not particularly well-received by Denver city council members who have, since it was put on the ballot, discussed strengthening the requirements for citizens to put a measure before voters. Initiative 300’s sponsor, Jeff Peckman, submitted 10,000 signatures to have his measure placed on the ballot.
One of the measure's most vocal critics was Denver ghost-chaser Bryan Bonner, who called the measure an affront to science. Bonner, the founder of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society, rallied opponents by saying the initiative would make the city of Denver a national laughing stock.
Peckman had hoped to appeal to voters not only by publishing information about close encounters on the city's website. He also promised the commission would be funded by gifts and grants, not tax dollars.