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Bitter Clash Over Charter Schools Behind Supreme Court Decision To Kill ‘Defective’ Ballot Measure

| October 17, 2018

The proposed constitutional amendment could have opened a new avenue for the establishment of charter schools outside the control of county school boards.

‘Marsy’s Law’ Protections for Crime Victims Sound Great, but Could Cause Problems

| October 13, 2018

Giving crime victims constitutional rights equal to those of defendants sets up a clash over the accused person’s Sixth Amendment right to due process and the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Amendment 4: With 1.4 Million Florida Felons Banned from Voting, Voters Will Decide On Restoring Right

| October 12, 2018

Amendment 4 would automatically restore the right to vote for felons who have completed their sentences, paid restitution and fulfilled probation. Murderers and sex offenders would be excluded.

Justices Weigh Loading Charter Schools, Term Limits and Civics on One Amendment

| September 6, 2018

Justices are only supposed to determine whether the ballot title and summary would provide an accurate description of the proposed constitutional amendment to voters.

Judge Boots Victim’s Rights’ Proposal Known as “Marsy’s Law” Off the Ballot, Citing Deceit

| August 27, 2018

A judge found fault with what was left out of the ballot title and summary, and that the proposal would not explain to voters how it would affect the rights of people accused of crimes.

Judge Will Decide Whether to Remove Victim’s Rights Proposal From November Ballot

| August 24, 2018

Lawyers opposing the measure known as Marsy’s Law say it restricts the constitutional rights of those accused of crimes while misleading voters about its intent.

Supreme Court Asked To Block 6 Constitutional Amendments That Combine Multiple Issues

| August 14, 2018

The plaintiffs include a former Supreme Court Justice and take aim at proposed amendments that the Florida Constitution Revision Commission placed on the November ballot.

Judge Throws Dog Racing Ban Off November Ballot, Calling It “Outright Trickeration”

| August 2, 2018

“Contrary to the words presented for consideration by the voters, the amendment would not end dog racing, nor would it eliminate wagering on dog racing,” the judge wrote.

Dog Racing Ban, On November Ballot, Gets a Boost From Doris Day

| July 30, 2018

The Doris Day Animal League made a $1.5 million contribution to the Committee to Protect Dogs, backing Amendment 13, which appears on Florida ballots this fall.

Andy Dance Re-Elected To Flagler School Board Without Opposition; Others Must Slog It Out

| June 22, 2018

Andy Dance was re-elected to a fourth term. A school board and a Palm Coast council race will be decided in August, others won’t be decided until November.

Trouble For 9 Ballot Proposals, But Homestead Expansion and School Board Term Limits Would Pass

| June 12, 2018

Bans on offshore oil drilling and vaping in workplaces and restaurants, new ethics standard for public officials and voting rights to ex-felons would all fail.

With Sharpton Headlining, Rally Calls For Restoring Felon Rights After Stinging Court Defeat

| April 26, 2018

The long-planned march followed a late-night ruling from a federal appeals court that gave Gov. Scott a victory in a bitterly fought challenge to the state’s voter-restoration system.

Voters Will Decide School Board Term Limits and Ending Local Control Over Charter Schools

| April 17, 2018

Under current law, school boards operate and control public schools within their counties. That would end if voters approve a constitutional amendment.

Ballot Proposal Would Ensure Crime Victims Have Their Say in Plea Agreements and Sentencing

| April 16, 2018

The proposal, which will need support from 60 percent of voters in November, would seek to ensure the rights of victims to receive information and provide input during criminal cases.

12 Amendments Nearing Ballot, Including Bans on Offshore Drilling and Workplace Vaping, and Home Rule Overrides

| April 6, 2018

The list includes 12 ballot proposals that incorporate 24 potential changes to the Florida Constitution. All of the proposals were initially endorsed by the commission.

Florida an Outlier on Restoration of Felons’ Right to Vote, Barring 1.6 million Off Rolls

| March 28, 2018

Automatically restoring the right to vote for convicted felons in Florida could add between 600,000 and 1.6 million voters to the state’s voting rolls.

Florida Voters Denied Choice on Gun Restrictions as Constitution Commission Holsters Proposal

| March 23, 2018

Floridians won’t have an opportunity to decide whether the state should ban semi-automatic weapons or have gun-related restrictions after the Constitution Revision Commission rejected attempts to debate the proposals.

Proposal of 8-Year Term Limits For School Board Members May Head for November Ballot

| March 22, 2018

School board members would be limited to eight years in office under a proposal that moved forward Wednesday in the state Constitution Revision Commission.

Proposal To Create Open Primaries in Florida Moves Forward, But With Issues

| January 26, 2018

All candidates seeking the same office would run in a single primary regardless of party affiliation. The top two vote-getters would run in the general election.

Measure to Restore Voting Rights to 1.5 Million Florida Felons Goes on November Ballot

| January 23, 2018

Voting rights of felons who have served their sentences, completed parole or probation and paid restitution would be automatically restored. Murderers and sex offenders would be excluded.

Ballot Measure Would Give Voters, Not Legislature, Final Say On Gambling’s Legality

| January 17, 2018

The proposed constitutional amendment pits the state’s gambling industry against anti-gambling advocates in what is expected to be a high-dollar campaign before the fall election.

Gov. Scott Seeks Amendment To Require Supermajority When Lawmakers Raise Taxes

| August 14, 2017

Gov. Scott didn’t define the meaning of “supermajority” but 15 states, liberal and conservative, already have the requirement of from 60 to 75 percent supermajorities when lawmakers raise taxes.

Hypocrites on Crack

| July 13, 2017

Thursday evening, Flagler Beach Commissioners Jane Mealy, Marshall Shupe and Joy McGrew flipped off voters and voted for a prohibition on medical pot dispensaries.

Countering 70% of Its Own Voters, Flagler Beach Prepares to Ban Medical Pot Dispensaries Outright

| July 13, 2017

The City Commission this evening takes up an ordinance that would ban medical marijuana dispensaries anywhere in the city. The city fears not doing so would turn it into a pot hub.

Felons Seeking to Regain Right To Vote Look to Constitutional Amendment

| March 6, 2017

The constitutional change, if approved, could open up voting rights for more than 700,000 Floridians, although fewer than 300,000 could be expected to apply, at least initially.

Against Counsel: House Panel Backs Term Limits for Supreme Court and Appeals Judges

| February 9, 2017

The proposal would revamp a decades-old system in which Supreme Court justices and appeals-court judges do not face term limits — though they are required to go before voters every six years for merit-retention.

Stringent Rules By Florida Health Department Would Circumvent Medical Pot Amendment

| January 18, 2017

The proposed rules would maintain current vendors’ stranglehold on the medical marijuana industry and give authority to the Florida Board of Medicine, not individual doctors, to decide which patients qualify for marijuana treatment.

Medical Marijuana Cruises to Reality in Florida With Healthy 71% Majority

| November 9, 2016

Stunning even some of the proposal’s most avid supporters, Florida voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for patients with a broad swath of conditions.

Staly Is Flagler’s New Sheriff, Bexley New Court Clerk, Republicans Sweep County Commission, Klufas Wins Palm Coast Seat, Barbosa Wins School Board, Hutson, Renner Win

| November 8, 2016

Election results are showing the making of a historic Republican sweep in Flagler County as early but significant tallies show Rick Staly winning sheriff, Tom Bexley winning clerk of court, and all three Democrats in county commission races well behind.

Amendment 2: Medical Marijuana Through the Eyes and Suffering of Those Who Need It Most

| November 4, 2016

For two years Palm Coast’s Jennifer Kaczmarek, the artist-photographer, has followed 10 families struggling with debilitating illnesses that only marijuana alleviate. They plead for Amendment 2, the proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medicinal marijuana.

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