Florida voters may have a chance to vote on competing amendments on the 2010 ballot. Today the state supreme court ruled in favor of the Smarter Growth Amendment.
The amendment would allow Floridians to call for a vote on changes to development plans through petitions. Hometown Democracy shares some of the same ideas, but their amendment would require voter approval on all new developments.
“In a the worst case scenario, the court doesn’’t knock this off the ballot, and both measure pass by 60 percent, Hometown Democracy is invalidated because people will also pass this other measure," says John Hedrick of Hometown Democracy.
Both amendment campaigns still have work to do. Despite the court’s ruling, both groups still have to gather signatures to get the amendments on the ballot.