The Oct. 11 story Changing the system, one signature at a time omitted an important fact. Two recent ballot initiatives approved by voters and incorporated into the Florida Constitution, were ignored by the state Legislature:
1. Amendments 5 and 6 (anti-gerrymandering) passed overwhelmingly in 2010. However, the Legislature gerrymandered districts, and the courts intervened.
2. Amendment 1, approved last November by 75 percent of voters, calls for spending one-third of real-estate stamp taxes, estimated at $740 million, to acquire and protect wildlife habitat, water resources and park land. Our conniving Legislature proceeded to pass a budget that included only $88 million to go toward land acquisition, according to a lawsuit filed by environmentalists.
So, beleaguered citizens who have to raise money and collect a daunting number of signatures to create laws to protect land from unchecked development and to have fair elections are not through with their work after they win. Lawsuits must follow.
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Diane Lawrence, Kendall