Monday, April 26, 2004
Elected officials in Florida are frustrated by the people making laws themselves through the initiative process. So, they've taken it upon themselves to make it harder for people to govern themselves directly. The politicians are promoting a constitutional amendment that would make it more difficult for future constitutional amendments that are citizen initiated to pass. For citizens, the lawmakers think there should be a 60% threshold required for passage. Some might call that minority rule. Of course, they think it would be just fine if this amendment passes by 50% -- and, they're putting it on a primary ballot where independent voters won't weigh in. See details here in the New York Times.