The Pros and Cons of Amendment 3


Amendment 3 would require a 60 percent vote to pass future Florida Constitutional Amendments. Yet, it could pass with a mere simple majority - an irony not lost on amendment opponents.

Daniel Smith - a University of Florida political science professor - says if passed Florida would be the only state in the nation to require a super majority to change its Constitution.

SMITH: Every other state has a 50 percent plus one to change provisions of their state constitution. And, that's because state constitutions are living documents that's because state constitutions. It's a very different document than our federal constitution which is about limiting the role of government. Our state constitutions are much more pro-active and are available to change with the changing dynamics of our society.

But some believe amending Florida's constitution should be more difficult.

Dominic Calabro, spokesman for Florida TaxWatch, supports Amendment 3, saying it'll cut down on the influence of special interests.

CALABRO: There are now increasingly well heeled, well financed special interest groups that say Florida has the easiest means of putting something on the ballot and has one of the highest acceptance rates in the country.

Both sides in the debate over the amendment 3 say they are fighting special interests that control the Legislature or take advantage of the citizen initiative process.

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