TaxWatch Supports Proposal to Limit Constitutional Amendments

A business-backed public policy research group argues that it should be harder for voters to amend the Florida Constitution.

Florida TaxWatch issued a report backing passage on November seventh of Amendment Three. It would require future constitutional
changes to pass by 60 percent of the vote instead of a simple majority of 50 percent plus one.

Both sides in the debate say they're fighting special interests that either control the Legislature or take advantage of the citizen initiative process.

The group argues that a higher standard is needed because too many voters never bother to cast ballots on constitutional changes.

Opponents say the amendment is an effort to prevent citizens from bypassing recalcitrant lawmakers on such issues as a restaurant smoking ban, legislative term limits, an increase in the minimum wage and homeowner property tax relief. Those were all successful citizen initiatives.