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Tax cap and redistricting supporters get their say

Here's something to jazz up the summer in Tallahassee: Public hearings and meetings regarding three pending constitutional amendments that could show up on the 2010 ballot.

State economists are holding financial impact statement conferences on both the 1.35 property tax amendment, as well as two amendments dealing with Congressional and legislative redistricting, in order to develop wording for a financial impact statement should any of the three amendments make the ballot.

Both amendments require a lot more signatures in order to make the ballot. Supporters of the amendment that would cap property taxes at 1.35 percent of the value of the property has collected more than 103,000 signatures, while supporters of the redistricting initiative have gathered about 65,000 signatures. It takes more than 600,000 signatures in order to qualify for the ballot.