TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida House of Representatives today voted to pass SB 1890, a bill that would impose limits on contributions to ballot initiative sponsors. SB 1890 continues the Florida Legislature’s strategy of sabotaging the ballot initiative process via legislative means. The full Senate passed the bill by a 23-17 vote earlier this month.
Kara Gross, legislative director and senior policy counsel of the ACLU of Florida, responded to today’s vote:
“The passage of SB 1890 represents yet another attack on the ballot initiative process by this Legislature. This overly burdensome, expensive, and time-consuming process has continually increased in cost due to laws this Legislature has enacted in the past several years. These attacks on the citizens’ initiative process are in direct response to Floridians passing critical constitutional amendments to benefit all Floridians, when the Legislature has refused to act in the public’s best interests. The people’s right to direct democracy via the ballot initiative is enshrined in Florida’s Constitution; it is non-negotiable.
“Our elected officials should not be making it harder for Floridians to have a say in the policies that affect their lives."