The Future of Amendments 5 & 6

By: Capitol News Email
By: Capitol News Email

The day after voters told lawmakers they no longer wanted them to draw district lines to control election results, two lawmakers cried foul. Amendment 6 will keep lawmakers from gerrymandering congressional districts. Suit was filed against the amendment yesterday in Miami. Amendment 5 will implements the same protections for legislative districts. Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos fought hard to keep the amendments from getting the 60 percent voter support needed to pass. Today he told reporters there’s no lawsuit against five on the horizon.

“I think that’s still something we are going to look at. I think voters spoke and I respect that very much, but I think there are still concerns,” said Haridopolos.

Even if state lawmakers don’t challenge the amendment, if a judge finds a problem with Amendment 6, then the judges ruling could be used to defend lawmakers if they decide not to follow the will of the people.


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  • by The Voters Have Spoken on Nov 5, 2010 at 05:20 AM
    Once again the voters speak and some of the elected officials believe they are above the rule of law. These people swore an oath and day after day they break it. Time for recall?
  • by paul de florio Location: tallahassee on Nov 4, 2010 at 05:30 PM
    If this legislature plays games to thwart the will of the people through amendment 5 & 6, they all should be arrested. It is unconscionable to do the same ting they have done with the class size amendment. We approve, YOU implement, now, you work for us!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 at 02:58 PM
    While it sounds good, how is one bad judge supposed to force another bad judge to resign or be removed. The same goes for politicians. There will be no way to enforce this except for anarchy and civil war.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    There is NO EXCUSE for not following the will of the people..... Those that elected YOU to SERVE THEM!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 at 02:30 PM
    Then any judge and politician that does not want to abide by "the will of the people" should be permanently removed from their jobs of public service.
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