Bondi Offers Fix for Flawed Fla. Religion Proposal

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TALLAHASSEE, 12/21/2011 -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi agrees with a judge's proposal to fix the flawed ballot summary on a proposed state constitutional amendment.

The amendment would repeal Florida's ban on financial aid to churches and other religious organizations.

It also would add a provision that, instead, would require such funding in certain circumstances.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis of Tallahassee last week ordered the amendment off the ballot because the ballot summary was misleading.

Lewis gave Bondi 10 days to submit a new version. But he also suggested a rewrite that he could approve.

Bondi on Tuesday proposed the language that Lewis had suggested.

The summary was challenged by clergy members, Florida's statewide teachers union and school boards and administrators.

They say the amendment would aid efforts to expand school vouchers.


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  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Dec 22, 2011 at 05:43 AM
    I expect this amendment is another Republican effort to subvert public schools. If some people want schools to teach religion, then those people need to pay for it on their own dime and not on the general public's dime. "Schools that teach religion" would include schools that teach atheism and schools that teach agnosticism. Public entities can't endorse religion and can't condemn it, either.
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