Florida Supreme Court Reviewing Constitutional Amendment

The Florida Supreme Court is trying to figure out if the price tag attached to a constitutional amendment is valid. At the heart of the dispute is the Hometown Democracy Amendment.

It would allow people to vote whenever a developer asks local government to change the comprehensive plan.

Legislative budget experts say the amendment would cost local governments millions of dollars each year, but the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court says that might give voters the wrong idea.

Justice Fred Lewis with the Florida Supreme Court said, "It seems almost that the intent of this is that we not have these daily changes to comprehensive plans because it renders a comprehensive plan non-comprehensive, so that’s why I have a real problem."

Backers of the Hometown Democracy Amendment hope to collect enough signatures for the 2008 ballot.


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