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Troxler: Court should reject Legislature's sneaky effort to fool voters

Howard Troxler's column today: Want to know one of the sneaky things the Florida Legislature did this year?

It put Amendment 7 on this November's ballot.

Amendment 7 is a piece of work. It is an attempt to trick the voters of Florida …

… into wiping out Amendments 5 and 6, the previous two measures on the ballot — even if they pass.

Amendments 5 and 6 would require "fair districts" for politicians, not drawn to favor any party or incumbent. They were put on the ballot by citizen petition.

The Legislature does not like this idea, so it tacked on Amendment 7, even jiggling the order to make sure that it became "Amendment 7."

Amendment 7 says that it will be the part of the Constitution that is supreme, "without subordination to any other provision."

Including Amendments 5 and 6.

Fortunately, Florida law requires honest ballot language.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:39am]


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