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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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