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July 1, 2021, 1:59 PMUpdated: July 1, 2021, 3:31 PM

Florida Citizens Decide Issues, Then Lawmakers Ignore Them (1)

Jennifer Kay
Jennifer Kay
Staff Correspondent

Florida voters may have thought they had the last word when they approved ballot initiatives legalizing medical marijuana, restoring voting rights to former felons, and raising the minimum wage.

That’s not how lawmakers see it.

“One of the main reasons that people use the initiative process of Florida is to bypass the Legislature,” said University of Central Florida state politics expert Aubrey Jewett. “On an issue that the Legislature doesn’t like, they have a long record of trying to undermine whatever was passed.”

Plus lawmakers keep moving the goalposts, requiring larger percentages of the vote to win, adding restrictions on ...

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