Still no formal opinion on Amendment 8 (but it’s still off the ballot)

"Why all this wordsmithing? Just come out and say it," Justice Jorge Labarga comments during a Sept. 5 hearing on the status of Amendment 8. [The Florida Channel]
"Why all this wordsmithing? Just come out and say it," Justice Jorge Labarga comments during a Sept. 5 hearing on the status of Amendment 8. [The Florida Channel]
Published October 4 2018

Want to know the exact reasons why the Florida Supreme Court tossed Amendment 8 off the state's general election ballot, which went out in the mail this week?

It's been just shy of a month since the court made its ruling. Yet its formal opinion still has not surfaced.

Meanwhile, the court continues about its business, issuing 10 opinions on Thursday in cases relating to the death penalty, among other items.

But we're left to continue speculating on why they removed the controversial three-pronged education proposal from the Constitution Revision Commission.

Related coverage: Florida Supreme Court strikes Amendment 8 from November ballot 

Court spokesman Craig Waters did not offer much insight into the passage of time without an opinion. Neither would he speculate when one might come.

"There are seven Justices and, as a general rule, nothing can be done until each of them has completed work," Waters said via email.

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