Elections supervisor offers synopses of constitutional amendments

Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 02:06 PM.

The amendment would grant the senate power to confirm the governor’s appointment of justices to the Florida Supreme Court, would let lawmakers repeal court rules with a majority instead of a two-thirds vote, and give House members access to confidential information about judges.

• Amendment 6: “Prohibition on public funding of abortions.”

“This one is no surprise in getting a lot of attention,” Lux said. “Basically, this is nothing more than a reinforcement of federal law and Florida law …. It also removes the broad use of the privacy clause in the Constitution.”

• Amendment 8: “Religious freedom.”

“This would repeal restrictions in Florida’s Constitution that prohibits taxpayer funding of religious institutions.”

Lux said the amendment’s passage would probably result in the school voucher program’s expansion.

“It doesn’t mean it’s exclusively about schools,” Lux said. “That’s why they use that broad term ‘institutions,’ but mostly this is about religiously affiliated schools.”

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