Special Interest Group Paid Signature Gatherers
Attached to the opposition to the Hometown Democracy idea, the Florida Chamber of Commerce has launched a public awareness campaign about paid petition signature gathers from outside the state. While the the ability to amend the Florida Constitution provides for an unmatched opportunity for the people to direct government, it also provides an opportunity of out-of-state interests to push policy in Florida as a testing ground and for others to profit from the signature gathering process. It is in these situations where the amendments become more about special interest groups, out of state interest groups none-the-less.
The point of all this? Don't sign a petition unless you have taken to time to research what the amendment would actually do. Sadly, the statement that with two million dollars, you can buy an amendment to the Florida Constitution is true. That needs to change.
The Chamber has put together a brief PSA with a great summary of what is going on and how to respond.