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Citizen initiatives will be harder to get on Florida ballot

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Posted at 10:14 PM, May 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-07 22:14:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans have succeeded in making it more difficult for voters to change the state constitution.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Friday that limits contributions by groups promoting ballot initiatives.

Political committees seeking to change the constitution are now limited to $3,000 individual contributions until their proposal is approved for the ballot.

Republicans argue that the new law is needed to keep out-of-state special interest money from influencing the state constitution, while Democrats call it a blatant attempt by the GOP to squash voters’ rights to implement policy Republicans refuse to consider.