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Bondi tweaks language for repeal of Blaine Amendment on 2012 ballot



As expected, Attorney General Pam Bondi submitted revised language for Amendment 7, a repeal a long-standing ban on taxpayer money for religious organizations, after Circuit Judge Terry Lewis struck it from the ballot last week.

Siding with the Florida Education Association last week, Lewis said the ballot summary was ambiguous and misleading but suggested how to fix it. Bondi took his suggestion. Read her summary here.

"Voters deserve an opportunity to decide whether to remove from Florida's constitution a provision that discriminates against religious institutions," Bondi said in a statement.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida was among groups celebrating last week's strike-down. In a Tuesday statement, executive director Howard Simon said "the proposal continues to mislead voters by failing to inform them of the chief purpose and actual impact of the amendment – to virtually require taxpayer funding of religious activities of churches, mosques and synagogues.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 6:41pm]


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