Florida Representative wants to change amendment process
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Florida Representative wants to change amendment process


MAX DEFENDER 8 . IT IS BILL FOR TAMPA BAY WEATHER. THE STORMS MAY NOT BE AS BAD AS THEY LOOK. WE WILL HAVE THE FORECAST IN ABOUT THREE MINUTES. AND 8 ON YOUR SIDE INVESTIGATION. AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE WAY YOU GET AN AMENDMENT HATE THE THICK PLACED ON THE BALLOT. IN RECENT YEARS WE HAVE LEGALIZED MEDICAL MARIJUANA. A LAWMAKER NOT HAPPY WITH HOW THE REFERENDUM PROCESS WORKS WANT TO CHANGE THE PROCESS. AND TONIGHT WE LOOK INTO THE CHANGES AND IF THEY WOULD SUBVERT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. IT IS FOR THE PEOPLE TO DECIDE. IN OUR CONSTITUTION IS MEANT TO BE A LIVING DOCUMENT. EXPLAINING THE PROCESS BUT CHANGES COULD BE AROUND THE CORNER. THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN AMENDED 27 TIMES IN THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN AMENDED THOUSANDS OF TIMES. CONSTITUTION SHOULD BEHAVE LIKE A CONSTITUTION. Reporter: SITTING DOWN WITH REPUBLICAN JAMES GRANT. THE 36- YEAR-OLD TALKS ABOUT WHAT HE BELIEVES IS A FLAW WITH THE PROCESS. THEY WOULD VOTE ON AMENDMENTS DIRECTLY WITHOUT THE NEED FOR LAWMAKERS. WE ARE TRYING TO ENSURE THAT EACH PETITION IS VALID. THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURES LAST YEAR AND THE VOTING RIGHTS FOR 1.5 MILLION GALLONS. WE ARE DOING THAT. WE ARE HELPING PEOPLE AND I HAVE PATIENTS WHO HAVE STOPPED HAVING SEIZURES. IT FOR GOING TO HAVE THIS THING THAT MOVES TOWARD THE DIRECT DEMOCRACY, ARE WE GOING TO BECOME A DIRECT DEMOCRACY AND IS THAT HOW WE MAKE POLICY? Reporter: FIRST, TO GET AN AMENDMENT ON THE BALLOT, YOU HAVE TO REGISTER AS A POLITICAL COMMITTEE AND GET APPROVAL AND THEN CIRCULATE THE PETITION AND SUBMIT THEM FOR VERIFICATIONS. WE ASKED THOSE WHO REPRESENT PARTS OF HILLSBOROUGH AND PINELLAS IF THERE IS FRAUD IN THE AREA. I DON’T NEED TO HAVE EVIDENCE OF FRAUD OR ANOTHER ATTACK ON THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS. HE’S REFERRING TO RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN THE 2016 ELECTION. HIS PROPOSAL DETAILS CHANGES LIKE REQUIRING A CIRCULATOR TO BE A FLORIDA RESIDENT AND HE WANTS TO PREVENT PAYMENT BASED ON THE FORMS GATHERED. AND THAT’S NOT ALL. I THINK THIS IS THE MOST CRITICAL AND CRUCIAL PART, PERSONALLY. Reporter: HE WANTS MORE INFORMATION ACCESSIBLE TO VOTERS LIKE AN ANALYSIS AND FINANCIAL IMPACT STATEMENT TO BE PLACED ON THE BALLOT. WHEN YOU HAVE A FLAWED STRUCTURE AND — THAT STRUCTURE — STRUCTURE THAT INCENTIVIZES BAD BEHAVIOR, YOU GET MORE BAD BEHAVIOR. IT STILL HAS TO GO THROUGH COMMITTEE PROCESS. I WAS SLEEPING THROUGH IT AND THERE ARE A LOT OF HURDLES. WE DID SHOW THIS TO A GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION, THE GROUP BEHIND THE RESTORATION OF RIGHTS FOR FELONS AND THEY TELL ME THEY WILL TAKE A LOOK AT THIS AND REVIEW IT AND LET US KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HURDLES THIS COULD PUT INTO PLACE AND STOP THINGS LIKE PASSING AMENDMENT 2 AN AMENDMENT 4.

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