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Hometown Democracy Headed to Ballot

June 18th, 2009 by flanews

Hometown Democracy, a group trying to limit development has won a signature battle in the Florida Supreme Court.

Business groups pushed legislation allowing people to withdraw their signatures, but the Florida Supreme Court says once a petition has been signed and validated, it cant be recalled. The amendment will now appear on the 2010 Ballot. It would require voters to have the final say-so on changes to local comprehensive plans that are currently approved by city and county governments. Florida Chamber of Commerce spokesman Adam Babington said the amendment is a bad idea.

Hometown Democracy directly attacks the root of representative democracy. The people of the state of Florida elect the representatives to make decisions for them. If the people arent happy with the decisions the representatives are making they have the opportunity to vote them out of office.

60 percent of voters will have to vote in favor of the amendment in order for it to become law.

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