Court ruling hurts Florida Hometown Democracy initiative

11/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Supporters trying to get the Hometown Democracy Amendment on the ballot next year suffered a blow after a Leon County Judge upheld a state law allowing people to revoke their signatures on an initiative petition within 150 days.

The suit was brought by advocates for the amendment, which would slow down growth throughout the state by requiring voter approval for local comprehensive land use changes.
They wanted to thwart an organized campaign against the proposed amendment.

A group called Save Our Constitution, funded largely by builders, developers, real estate agents and agribusiness, has organized to call and send letters out to those who have signed petitions for Hometown Democracy. Those letters, signed by former House Speaker John Thrasher, made it appear as though “Big Developers” were supporting Hometown Democracy, and urges voters to revoke their signatures.

To sign a petition to get the Florida Hometown Democracy Initiative on the ballot in Florida next year, you can go to the campaign’s website, or call 1-866-779-5513.

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