The Florida House unanimously approved an elections bill on Wednesday that eliminates two types of photo ID acceptable at the polls - and lifts a $100 cap on some campaign contributions to candidates for Agriculture Commissioner.
But it was Rep. Julio Robaina's move at midnight on Tuesday - where he amended the bill to lessen the penalties for those who fail to put a disclaimer on some campaign ads - that could scuttle the entire legislation.
Sen. Lee Constantine, the chairman of the Senate Ethics and Elections committee, said on Wednesday that the Senate would not take the amendment on SB 866 and send the bill back to the House. He also said there was nothing in the measure that was desperately needed for the 2008 presidential election.
Secretary of State Kurt Browning wanted lawmakers to change the state's manual recount law in the elections bill, but he agreed to stop pushing for the change after elections supervisors from urban counties such as Miami-Dade raised concerns about it. Browning wanted to require a hand count of all ballots in all close elections. Current Florida law says that manual recounts will only be done of "overvotes" and "undervotes" and not all ballots cast in elections.
The bill now includes the ag commissioner provision, the change in photo ID law, and some tweaking of Florida's controversial "no match" provision that is the subject of a lawsuit.