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Florida passes bill to make changing constitution harder

The Florida Capitol buildings in Tallahassee, Florida.
Posted at 5:17 AM, Mar 12, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It could become more difficult for Floridians to change the state constitution through a petition drive.

The House voted 73-45 to raise the threshold of signatures needed for Supreme Court review of a petition initiative.

The legislation would require signatures from 25% of voters in at least half the state's congressional districts before the Supreme Court reviews an initiative for placement on the ballot.

Right now, that review is triggered once a petition has signatures from at least 10% of voters in at least one-eighth of the state's congressional districts.

The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.