Florida law already has some of the strictest limitations in the nation regarding citizens’ ability to propose amendments to the state’s constitution. The fact that recent popular citizen-led movements succeeded despite those strict limitations illustrates just how unresponsive Florida’s lawmakers are to their constituents. Amendment 4, which restored voting rights to more than a million Floridians is a perfect example of the people banding together in the face of legislative opposition to popular opinion. But now Florida's lawmakers are trying to enact even more barriers to the ballot initiative process to make it almost impossible for citizens to have their voices heard through a ballot initiative.
Specifically, HB 7037 and SB 1794 would enact numerous new restrictions that make it even harder for Florida’s people to amend the constitution.