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Supreme Court justices: Why we booted amendments



The Florida Supreme Court explains why it decided to boot two ballot initiatives that the Taxation and Budget Reform Committee had put on the ballot for November.

Read it here.

The court says: "We find the apellees' and the circuit court's construction of section 6(e) to be contrary to the plain and unambiguous language of the constitutional provision."

Also, the court drills down into TBRC's authority to propose laws dealing with taxation and budget, and saying that they "construe 'state budgetary process' to mean the process by which the state budget is developed."

"TBRC is a constitutional body that has only those powers which were specifically designated to it. If certain powers are not explicitly provided to the Commission, the Court cannot add to the constitutional limitations by expanding its authority beyond the provisions stated," they wrote.


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:47am]


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