By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune
Published Saturday, October 20, 2012
In 1968, Florida adopted a new constitution that provided a mechanism to amend the state’s constitution through ballot initiative. The new right was first exercised in 1976, when the “Sunshine Amendment” — which related to ethics in government and financial disclosure for elected officials — was approved.
Since then, there have been 124 proposed constitutional amendments for voters to consider. Of those, 54 percent have been put on the ballot by the state Legislature, 26 percent by citizens and 19 percent by the Constitutional Review Commission or the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Committee.
Florida voters have voted on everything from gambling, term limits, land use, taxes, gay marriage, smoking in public, and pregnant pigs. I kid you not — there is an amendment in the Flori-duh constitution that guarantees the rights of pregnant pigs. The constitution! And pigs! You can’t make up nonsense like this.
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