State Se­nate: Pot re­view ‘moot’

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they would not be able to put the mea­sure on the Novem­ber bal­lot and would try to take it to vot­ers in 2022.

The po­lit­i­cal com­mit­tee Make It Le­gal Florida had sub­mit­ted enough pe­ti­tion sig­na­tures to trig­ger a Supreme Court re­view of the pro­posed word­ing and said Mon­day it would con­tinue with the process to get court ap­proval.

But the Se­nate mo­tion said the is­sue should be dis­missed, ar­gu­ing that “since the ini­tia­tive is not go­ing to meet the cri­te­ria for place­ment on the 2020 bal­lot, such moot.”

The po­lit­i­cal com­mit­tee would have needed to sub­mit 766,220 valid pe­ti­tion sig­na­tures to the state Di­vi­sion of Elec­tions to reach the 2020 bal­lot, but that num­ber will be re­vised for 2022.

A smaller num­ber of sig­na­tures needed to trig­ger the Supreme Court re­view for 2020 also will change.

The num­bers are re­vised af­ter each pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and are based on a for­mula in­volv­ing the to­tal votes cast in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.

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“The cri­te­ria for place­ment on the 2022 bal­lot is not yet known be­cause there will be an in­ter­ven­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in 2020,” the Se­nate mo­tion said.

“There­fore, this mat­ter is not yet ripe for re­view (by the Supreme Court) un­til the sig­na­ture cri­te­ria can be de­ter­mined and it is ver­i­fied that the spon­sor has met the thresh­old for 2022 bal­lot re­view.”

Make It Le­gal Florida shelved the pro­posal for 2020 be­cause it would not be able to meet the 766,200-sig­na­ture re­quire­ment by a Feb. 1 dead­line.

“The nar­row time­frame to sub­mit and ver­ify those sig­na­tures has prompted our com­mit­tee to shift fo­cus to now gain bal­lot ac­cess in 2022,” com­mit­tee Chair­man Nick Hansen said in a pre­pared state­ment Mon­day. “We’re look­ing for­ward to Supreme Court re­view of our ef­forts and work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with state lead­ers to en­sure the su­per­ma­jor­ity of Florid­i­ans’ voices are heard.”

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