Amendment 12: What does it do?
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Amendment 12: What does it do?


REPORTER GREG FOX. GREG: AMENDMENT 12 DOES 3
THINGS, ALL OF WHICH MANY APPEAL
TO VOTERS WHO BELIEVE THERE’S
TOO MUCH ABUSE OF POWER IN
ELECTED OFFICES. HERE’S WHAT IT WOULD DO IF 60%
OF VOTERS APPROVE. IT WOULD BAN POLITICIANS FROM
LOBBYING THEIR FORMER ELECTED
OFFICES FOR SIX YEAR AFTER
THEIR LAST TERM EXPIRES. IT ALSO WOULD BAN JUDGES FROM
LOBBYING THE LEGISLATIVE OR
EXECUTIVE BRANCHES FOR SIX YEARS
AFTER LEAVING THE BENCH. AND IT WOULD BAN POLITICIANS AND
THEIR STAFFS FROM PERSONAL GAINS
THROUGH THEIR OFFICIAL
POSITIONS. THIS MEASURE WAS PLACED ON THE
BALLOT BY THE CONSTITUTION
REVISION COMMISSION. THE IDEA IS TO PREVENT THE
REVOLVING DOOR IN TALLAHASSEE
WHERE POLITICIANS LEAVE OFFICE
AND TURN RIGHT AROUND AND PUT ON
THEIR LOBBYIST HATS AND START
TRYING TO INFLUENCE BUSINESS WITH THEIR FORMER COLLEAGUES. VOTING YES ON THIS MEASURE WOULD
MAKE THAT PRACTICE MORE
DIFFICULT. THE SAME WOULD BE TRUE FOR
JUDGES AND JUSTICES WHO MIGHT
OTHERWISE WANT TO LOBBY THE
EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE
BRANCHES. NOW HERE COMES THE BIG QUESTION,
WHAT ABOUT THE PENALTIES FOR
THOSE WHO VIOLATE OR ATTEMPT TO
VIOLATE THIS LAW? WE DON’T REALLY KNOW. IF THIS PASSES, IT WILL BE UP TO
LAWMAKERS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT
SUITABLE PUNISHMENT MIGHT BE. BUT FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE
POLITICS IS A STEPPING STONE TO
RICHES IN THE FORM OF LOBBYING,
THIS AMENDMENT WHAT MAKE T

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