Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

LEGISLATURE; Worth Considering

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

LEGISLATURE; Worth Considering

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In the debate on limiting citizen initiative amendments to the state constitution, state Rep. Stacy Ritter, D-Coral Springs, offered an alternative that is worth considering.

Under her plan, which was rejected on party-line voting, citizens could propose changes to state law. She would allow citizens who collect petitions from a number equal to 4 percent of the voters in the last presidential election to place their idea on the general election ballot.

If approved, the new law could be repealed by a three-fourths vote of the Legislature.

Ritter said she had heard many citizens say they had been frustrated when the Legislature did not pass something they favored. Her proposal would allow citizens "to blow off steam" without messing up the constitution, she said.

Current law allows direct citizen amendment of the constitution, but makes no provision for enacting statutory law.

California voters can do both, and do often. It is a mess, and expensive. …

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