posted on Mar, 10 2005 @ 07:53 PM
Here are the rules just to get the proposed law on the ballot, something tells me each election the process gets more complicated.
"The sponsor of an initiative must register as a political committee with the Florida Division of Elections.
The person or group circulating the initiative petition must submit a format of the petition to the Division of Elections before the amendment may be
circulated for signatures. The Division reviews the proposed petition for formatting only. By law, the ballot title may be no longer than 15 words and
the summary no more than 75 words.
Proponents may begin circulating the petition once the format is approved. This can be done by volunteers, by firms that are paid to obtain signatures
or by a combination of the two. The minimum number of signatures needed for an initiative to be placed on the ballot must equal 8 percent of the
number of the ballots cast in the last presidential election. For 2006, this number is 611,223. In addition, the signatures must come from at least
half of the state’s congressional districts (12).
When the petition receives 10 percent of the required amount of signatures in at least one-fourth of half the state’s congressional districts, the
petition is submitted to the Supervisors of Elections in the appropriate counties for signature verification.
The Secretary of State, in turn, must automatically submit the petition to the Attorney General if: 1) the sponsor has complied with registration and
submittal requirements and 2) the sponsor has obtained a letter from the Division of Elections confirming that the petition signatures have been
verified by the appropriate Supervisors of Elections.
Within 30 days of receiving the proposed amendment, the Attorney General must petition the Supreme Court and request an advisory opinion regarding
compliance with the proposed ballot and format requirements. The Supreme Court has no deadline for issuing an opinion.
If the Court approves the petition, the proponents must gather the rest of the signatures needed to place the initiative on the ballot. The Court may
not rule on the content of the petition. They can disallow an initiative for two reasons. One reason is if the ballot summary does not accurately
reflect what the amendment is proposing. The second is if it violates Florida's strict single subject requirement. "
I want to get a Hemp Farming bill passed in Florida, a bill that makes it easier for Florida farmers to grow hemp for industrial purposes. Just to get
a bill approved to be on the ballot takes so much time and collaberation many supporters are needed just to get it in, not to mention campaign for it
once its on there.