Controversial Amendment

What emerged was perhaps the least publicized of the amendments voters will face on November 2, but the amendment is not without controversy.

Petition gatherers now have until 90 days before an election to submit all of their signatures. Ever since the bullet train surprised the business community by getting on the ballot in the final hours before the 2000 election, there have been calls for change.

After months of fighting the only thing lawmakers could agree upon was a plan requiring the half million signatures be submitted nine months instead of 90 days before an election. The Florida Chamber calls it common sense.

Mark Wilson with the Florida Chamber Vote Smart project says, "Floridians deserve to know sooner who’s buying these initiatives and what will they do so they know what they are voting on before they vote rather than after they vote."

Opponents for the amendment don’t have money for TV and they have been having trouble getting the public’s attention, so in the shadow of the state Capitol, they hired a fat cat and a limousine to make their point.

Organizers admit their stunt was cheesy, but say it was the only way to get the public’s attention.

Damien Filier says, "You can ask any grassroots group who has ever done this, it’s an incredibly difficult process as it is and it always takes them down to the last minute to get it done. This will cut grassroots groups out of the process all together."

And they say if the business community wins this one, they will be back next year trying to make it even harder for citizens to go around the Legislature.

Desperate for information, at least 18 elections supervisors of elections linked their websites to the Florida Chamber’s website pushing voters to cast a “yes on 2” vote. After complaints, the website now offers both points of view on Amendment Two.