The choice between Alex Sink and Rick Scott for Florida's next governor
is a simple decision -- albeit one with huge potential ramifications --
compared to sorting through the proposed constitutional amendments and
Among the most complex decisions voters face on November 2: Yay or nay on Amendment 4
which proposes that any plan that affects growth and development must
receive voter approval before proceeding. In order to pass, the
amendment needs at least 60 percent of the total vote.
contend it will place more control over how communities develop in the
hands of voters. Opponents warn that passage would mean a considerably
slowed process for new land use and building projects at a time when
Florida's economy needs such investments to get moving again.
"It's probably the most complicated of the amendments," says Tom Arthur, news information director for the Collins Center of Public Policy.
"It's basically going to give the public final say on the growth
opportunities of their communities. There is some thought out there that
local governments -- and builders in particular -- have the power to
make the changes they want whether the public is with those changes or
not. This measure gives people a say.
argue it's the wrong solution," continues Arthur. "That it's a flawed
proposal that will lead to a multitude of referendums that will be
difficult to understand, make chaos of the ballot and delay
Arthur says that while there is no
definitive way to know what the consequences will be of either the
amendment passing or not passing, there will most likely be further
debate if the amendment does pass.
"When it's all said
and done, there will probably be some legal issues. Is there a study
that says what the consequences will be? No. It's impossible to know
what consequences will be for any referendum placed on the ballot and
the delays it would cause. But we do know that there are many, many
layers to this one."
Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Tom Arthur, Collins Center of Public Policy