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FLORIDA'S 1.5 MILLION MISSING
Everyone remembers that the 2000 presidential election was decided by 537 votes in Florida. Far fewer remember another important number from the state that year — 620,000, the Floridians who were barred from voting because state records showed, correctly or not, they had been convicted of a felony.
It didn’t matter whether their crime was murder or driving with a suspended license, nor whether they had fully served their sentence. In Florida, the voting ban is entrenched in the Constitution, and it’s for life.
Continue reading NY TIMES article
DEIDRE MACNAB TRANSFORMED THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
By Jason Garcia in Florida Trend
On a wet election night seven years ago, a few members of the Florida League of Women Voters squeezed together under the overhang of an outdoor bar at the Enzian Theater, an art house movie theater in Orlando.
They had gathered to celebrate. The league, a non-partisan, volunteer organization that prides itself on never having endorsed a candidate, had campaigned hard for a pair of constitutional amendments meant to put an end to political gerrymandering in Florida. But the rain dampened turnout and ruined plans to project the results onto an outdoor screen.
Cont. reading HERE
REVISE THE CONSTITUTION WITH CAUTION
Every 20 years, Florida’s core governing document, the Florida Constitution, is opened up for a top-to-bottom review. Through this process, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) carefully examines and determines what, if any, amendments to propose directly to the citizens of our state.
Under our form of government, the only power the government has is the power that we, the people, give to the government. The place where that happens is the Florida Constitution.
Cont. reading guest column by President of Florida Bar
Learn more through our Government Committee
LEAVE LOCAL VOTERS IN CHARGE
For almost half a century, a Florida law has entrusted county and city governments to set aside a share of local property tax revenues for urban redevelopment. Now this authority, like other powers of home rule in Florida, is in Tallahassee’s cross hairs.
Some state legislators are proposing to impede local governments in creating new community redevelopment agencies, and phase out existing CRAs. While a 2016 report from a grand jury in Miami-Dade County contended there have been abuses of tax dollars in some local agencies, this is overkill from legislators. Continue reading Orlando Sentinel article HERE.
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