Florida may limit constitution changes

March 29, 2004 at 11:06 AM
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 29 (UPI) -- This will be a make-or-break week in the drive by the Florida Legislature to make it harder to amend the state's constitution.

Lawmakers point to the 2002 election in which a ban on keeping pigs in crates became part of the constitution, along with an limit on public school class sizes.

The class limits along with a proposal for a high-speed train between Tampa, Orlando, and, eventually Miami, have turned out to cost more than the state can afford, lawmakers said.

The Miami Herald reported from Tallahassee, Fla., that the legislature will consider changes that will require 60 percent of the vote instead of a simple majority, approval by the state Supreme Court on what changes are appropriate and extend the time of the campaign.

The change to the process would itself have to be a constitutional amendment, and legislators are wrangling over whether to put in on the ballot for the Aug. 31 primary or the Nov. 2. election.

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