Abstract

CITIZEN INITIATIVE IN FLORIDA: AN ANALYSIS OF FLORIDA'S CONSTITUTIONAL INITIATIVE PROCESS, ISSUES, AND STATUTORY INTITIATIVE ALTERNATIVES

P. K. JAMESON & MARSHA HOSACK

1996 Florida State University Law Review

This Article examines Florida's constitutional initiative process and describes the constitutional and statutory initiative processes in other states. It then discusses issues about Florida's current constitutional initiative process and addresses several bills introduced during the 1995 Regular Session to revise the current process. The Article concludes that Florida should develop and adopt an indirect statutory initiative procedure. It further concludes that in tandem with insituting a statutory process, Florida should revise the current constitutional initiative process to make it more difficult toamend the constitution. The revisions could include increasing the number of signatures required to place an initiative on the ballot, restricting subject areas, or requiring a super-majority vote for approval. With these legislative actions, Floridians would continue to have a direct voice in their government while preserving the sanctity of the state's constitution.


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