Florida to vote on epic Religious Freedom Amendment

Bill: HJR 1471 (Amendment 8 )

Sponsored by Rep. Scott Plakon but defeated in the Nov. 6, 2012 election, HJR 1471 is a legislatively referred ballot amendment to lift Florida’s ban on public funding for religious organizations. With language that overturns the anti-religion Blaine Amendment and opens the door to school vouchers, Florida’s Religious Freedom Amendment 8 is a constitutional amendment that allows individuals to use public funds at a religious provider. Amendment 8 reads as follows: “Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution providing that no individual or entity may be denied, on the basis of religious identity or belief, governmental benefits, funding, or other support, except as required by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, and deleting the prohibition against using revenues from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.”

Also: “Florida Religious Freedom, Amendment 8 (2012)”

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