"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
William James, American Philosopher and Psychologist.
June 9, 2019
FFRP will be working to get our proposed amendment on the ballot during the general election in November 2022. We originally set out to accomplish the mission of putting our amendment to the voters in 2020; however, governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 5 -- Ballot Measures -- into law on June 7th, 2019 (chapter law 2019 -- 64, Laws of Florida). Some provisions of the law went into effect immediately upon signing, some took effect 30 days later. The new laws make some major changes to the initiative petition process:
"Among a number of changes, petition circulators who are paid to collect signatures have to register with the Department of Elections and sign an affidavit witnessing a petition being signed for each form collected. The Florida Department of State will be providing the petition forms to the paid petition circulators who indicate they are collecting signatures on behalf of [the] committee. Those forms will be barcoded specific to that petition circulator who may then copy, circulate, and collect signatures on those forms."
Memorandum of July 8th, 2019. Matthews, Maria, Director. Florida Department of State (emphasis added).
Along with these changes, it is now required that all signed petitions be submitted to the Department of Elections within thirty (30) days instead of two (2) years as required under the previous rule. Taken together, these new rules restrict our efforts to get our amendment to the ballot and necessitate FFRP to readjust our target date to the general election in November 2022. Unfortunately, these new law changes and our need to readjust our target date effectively voids all previously submitted signed petitions.
Under normal conditions, these new developments could be seen as having a negative impact on our cause. However, we see this as an opportunity to advance on cause with a better chance of success by vocally addressing the legislature's failure to address the criminal justice reforms supported by certain senators and by spreading the word of Initiative 19-04. Our amendment will coincide with efforts to pass the gain time reform of 65% that failed in the legislature (and that Governor DeSantis said he would not support). We can do what the legislature continuously fails to do. Continue following us on Facebook for further developments and spread the word!
CONTACT FLORIDIANS FOR REDEEMABLE PEOPLE
Get in touch with Floridians For Redeemable People to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.
P.O. Box 520337Longwood, FL 32752