What the 2019 Florida Legislature got right and wrong | Editorial

Citizens, part one: Florida is one of the costliest states for citizens to pursue ballot initiatives on issues that lawmakers refuse to address — like medical marijuana, smaller classroom sizes or a ban on assault-style weapons. And passage requires a super-majority of 60 percent of voters. Now, in one of their most cynical acts, lawmakers have imposed more hurdles on groups that want to pass constitutional amendments. No longer can signature gatherers be paid for the signatures they collect, for example. Given that nearly 800,000 voter signatures are needed to reach the ballot, paying by signature is the only practical way to proceed. This low-down-and-dirty attack on citizen petition drives deserves to be vetoed. If DeSantis doesn’t, he’ll be remembered — and judged — for siding with the powerful, against the people.