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Lawmakers seek to limit constitution amendments to 1 subject

January 22, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission would no longer be able to place items on the ballot that contain more than one subject under a bill approved by a Senate committee.

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the bill Tuesday after senators complained about several items the commission placed on last November’s ballot.

The commission meets every 20 years to suggest changes to the state constitution, which require approval from 60 percent of Florida voters.

Bill sponsor and Republican Sen. Rob Bradley said five of the proposed amendments the commission placed on the ballot bundled subjects. He said that frustrated voters who might have liked one part of the proposal but not another.

An example includes a measure voters approved that banned oil drilling in state waters and also banned vaping in places where smoking was already banned.

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