Citizen Initiatives

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A gay marriage ban and several other
citizen initiatives were short the signatures needed to get on the
November ballot Monday with just two weeks left before a
petition-gathering deadline.
Sponsors of the gay marriage ban a month ago announced they had
met the 611,009 signature requirement. But revised numbers issued
by the state showed the proposed amendment to the Florida
Constitution is still 21,989 signatures short.
Department of State spokesman Sterling Ivey says that's because
Miami-Dade County election officials last week discovered they had
submitted duplicate signature reports.
Also still short is a proposal being fought by construction,
real estate and other business interests that would require voter
approval for changes in comprehensive plans, which opponents say
would stifle Florida's growth.

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