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Proposal would make it harder to change constitution

A Senate Republican proposed a measure Monday that, if approved by voters, would make it harder to amend the Florida Constitution.

The proposal (SJR 978), filed by Ocala Republican Sen. Dennis Baxley would increase the threshold for voter approval of constitutional amendments.

Currently, 60 percent of voters need to approve amendments. Baxley’s proposal would increase that required number to two-thirds.

Baxley’s proposal itself would require a change to the Constitution.

If approved during the upcoming legislative session, it would go on the November 2018 ballot.

Rep. Rick Roth, a Loxahatchee Republican, has filed an identical proposal (HJR 65) in the House.

Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

The News Service of Florida provides journalists, lobbyists, government officials and other civic leaders with comprehensive, objective information about the activities of state government year-round.

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