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Citizen initiatives will be harder to get on Florida ballot

Photo: Mick Haupt
Photo: Mick Haupt

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans are on the verge of once again making it more difficult for voters to change the state constitution.

The House sent Gov. Ron DeSantis a bill Monday to limit contributions to groups promoting ballot initiatives.

Political committees seeking to change the constitution would be limited to $3,000 individual contributions until their proposal is approved for the ballot — a limit that could have made it impossible for medical marijuana and an increase in minimum wage to get before voters.

It passed on a 75-40 vote, with Republicans arguing that it is needed to keep out-of-state money from influencing the state constitution and Democrats arguing it was an attempt by the GOP to squash voters’ rights.

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter and fill-in host at WMFE.