Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Florida AG Submits Revised Ballot Summary Language For Religious Freedom Amendment

As previously reported, last week a Florida trial court held that the ballot summary language for the Religious Freedom Amendment that was to appear on the 2012 ballot was ambiguous and misleading. The court's ruling however was subject to statutory mandate given to the state Attorney General to submit corrected revised ballot language within 10 days. Yesterday, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that she had submitted to the Department of State revised ballot summary language. (Full text of submission.) Not surprisingly, the new language follows the wording suggested by the trial court in its opinion that invalidated the prior version.  Opponents now have 10 days to file any challenges to the new language. Yesterday's Washington Examiner reports on these developments.