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2010 FLORIDA ELECTIONS: PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 4

Posted by FactReal on October 17, 2010

RECOMMENDATIONS & VOTER GUIDES:
RECOMMENDATIONS: Why vote NO on Amendments 4, 5, 6
Florida Tax Watch: Amendments
The James Madison Institute: Amendments, Referendum
VOTER GUIDES: 2010 Florida & Miami Election – 11/2/2010
SUMMARY – AMENDMENT #4
Amendment 4 would require approval from voters for changes to the comprehensive development plans that guide local governments throughout Florida. Proponents say it will help out of control growth. However, opponents say it will increase costly elections and delay construction projects.

AMENDMENT #4 ON THE BALLOT SAYS:
Ballot for November 2, 2010

NO. 4 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE II, SECTION 7
Referenda Required For Adoption And Amendment Of Local Government Comprehensive Land Use Plans
Establishes that before a local government may adopt a new comprehensive land use plan, or amend a comprehensive land use plan, the proposed plan or amendment shall be subject to vote of the electors of the local government by referendum, following preparation by the local planning agency, consideration by the governing body and notice. Provides definitions.

The amendment’s impact on local government expenditures cannot be estimated precisely. Local governments will incur additional costs due to the requirement to conduct referenda in order to adopt comprehensive plans or amendments thereto. The amount of such costs depends upon the frequency, timing and method of the referenda, and includes the costs of ballot preparation, election administration,
and associated expenses. The impact on state government expenditures will be insignificant.

FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT
As described on the petition form

BACKGROUND
(Via Florida Dept. of State – Division of Elections: Constitutional Amendments Index –> Amendments/Initiatives)
Amendment #4:
Financial Impact
Financial Information
Additional Information
PROPONENTS OF AMENDMENT #4:
Florida Hometown Democracy, Inc., PAC
Post Office Box 636, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170-0000, (866) 779-5513

Florida’s Division of Corporation has this information:
– Florida Hometown Democracy, Inc., 123 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, FL 33480
– A non-profit corporation
– Their group’s purpose: To promote “social welfare, common good and general welfare of the people of the State of Florida by encouraging civil betterment and social improvement…The corporation may purchase, acquire, receive, hold, own, lease, mortgage, sell or convey any and all property, real or personal, in its own name, and can engage in fund raising to support its activities…”
– Executives: Lesley G. Blackner, Ross Burnaman, Pamela Winchester

Lesley G. Blackner also directed the non-profit Floridians for Environmental Accountability and Reform, Inc. (Dissolved in 2008)
– Their group’s purpose: “To promote environmental education and activism within Florida.”

FOLLOW THE MONEY
Contributors to Florida Hometown Democracy, Inc., PAC
• $200,000 from a PAC, Hometown Democracy Fund whose chairmain is Christopher Findlater:

Hometown Democracy shares the same address with Florida Hometown Democracy, Inc., 123 Australian Ave., Palm Beach, FL 33480.
Public records show the group has $2 million donated by none other than Christopher Findlater (listed as an investor from Miami Beach.)
Palm Beach Post: “Christopher Findlater, has a history of substantial contributions to Democratic and progressive issues.”
Florida Times-Union reports that “Christopher Findlater, a Wyoming businessman now living in Miami Beach….Findlater is the former chief executive officer and co-founder of NetQuote Inc., which he sold in 2005. He’s a major contributor to Democratic causes and is also the founder of WyoFile, an online journalism site dedicated to Wyoming news, and is also one of the forces behind the online news site, The Florida Independent.”
– Christopher Findlater is the same guy behind the attack ads against Republican David Rivera (FL-25).

• $894,375 Lesley Blackner (one of the proponents)
• $510,000 Steven Rosen (one of the proponents)
• $215,000 Tend Skin International (owned by Steven Rosen)
• $249,054 Sierra Club of Florida
• $ 90,000 Florida Watch Action Inc.
• $ 74,350 Sara O’Connell
• Other donors: Floridians for a Sustainable Population, Keep Marin County Green PAC, Broward County Green Party, etc.

RELATED:
REPORTS:
Miami Herald

VIDEOS:
– Debate of proponents vs. opponents: Channel 2 (WPBT2): Part 1 | Part 2
– Video from Let the People Vote!: Charlie Crist & Alex Sink with people from Let the People Vote!

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