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Commission wants legislative help

The Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission may go to the Florida Legislature in the upcoming session to ask that lawmakers waive a requirement that the ballot summary for commission amendments be limited to no more than 75 words.

An ad hoc committee on "ballot summary issues" discussed the matter on Friday morning. Former Senate President John McKay said the commission should have some flexibility in how long the summary should be. Former House Speaker Allan Bense said that while he's not doing "backflips" over the idea, he said there was some merit in it.

Bense noted that the ballot summary for the Jan. 29th property tax amendment was nearly 500 words long and he was worried that some voters will vote against something that is too long. But then he added: "I wouldn't want not to be able to put forth good public policy." Bense also added that his comment did not mean he was opposed to the Jan. 29th amendment.