Vote no on Amendment 3


Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Lloyd Dunkelberger's article in the Sun's Sept. 25 edition titled "Opposites unite in fight against initiative restriction" should not be taken lightly.
Politicians and big business are at it again. Amendment 3, if passed, gives politicians and lobbyists more control by taking away the people's right to speak out when the politicians don't listen. Amendment 3, if passed, would require that future amendments to Florida's Constitution pass by 60 percent of the voters, placing an unfair burden on citizens who want to place important issues on the ballot. Politicians will still be elected by a 50 percent majority, but proposals made by the people will be harder to pass.
Florida already has one of the hardest-to-amend constitutions in the nation, requiring hundreds of thousands of signatures from every corner of the state for a proposal to even be considered. Tallahassee politicians pass hundreds of laws each year. In over thirty years, citizens have passed only 22 amendments to the constitution.
So, let me ask you, who are the "special interest groups" here? I'm voting NO on Amendment 3.
Sharon Nataline, Alachua

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