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  GOP senator gets approval to make petitioning for ballot initiatives tougher
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Last EditedCBlock941  Mar 09, 2007 09:20am
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CategoryProposed Legislation
MediaNewspaper - Tallahassee Democrat
News DateFriday, March 9, 2007 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA Space Coast legislator won party-line approval Thursday for a package to tighten restrictions on gathering petitions for issues going on the Florida ballot.

Several civic organizations - including the League of Women Voters, People for the American Way and Common Cause of Florida - warned that the plan by Sen. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, would put the public-initiative process out of reach of truly grassroots organizations.

But business interests, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida, said Posey's bill would help root out fraud, forgery and misrepresentation in the petition method of amending the constitution.

Posey's bill (SB 900) would require professional canvassers to wear identifying badges so that voters would know whether a petition was pushed by civic-minded volunteers or professional political consultants. All petitions would be stamped with the names and addresses of the persons gathering them, whether they are unpaid volunteers or employees getting paid by the signature.
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