Revising our Constitution
SAFEGUARD, FROM 4A
The judiciary is the lone nonpolitical branch under our system, and was built to be fair and impartial. If amendments are added to our constitution that do not uphold that standard, it will unduly tip our delicate balance.
When Florida’s voters consider the amendments that eventually are placed on the ballot, they should apply several tests to each. Amendments should be timeless; if they concern topics that will be out of date or irrelevant in the future, they don’t belong in the constitution. If they set specific policy, apply only to a small number of Floridians, or will create more problems than they fix, they have no place in the constitution.
I urge Floridians to amend the Florida Constitution only with caution. Our democratic form of government is rooted in the delicate balance of powers, and to upset that balance would be detrimental to Florida and Floridians on many levels. In November 2018, when it comes time to vote, take a moment to consider the ramifications of each amendment you vote on. It could have a direct impact on you, and the people and things that matter to you, for years to come.