Florida TaxWatch, an independent, nonpartisan taxpayer research institute and government watchdog, is urging Florida voters to reject Question 13 because the fate of greyhound racing should not be a Constitutional question. Here’s their position:
“The constitution loses much of its significance as the foundational instrument of government when the process of constitutional amendment or revision is used as a substitute for legislation. Incorporating what is essentially a legislative matter into the constitution undercuts the legislative process and limits the areaof legislative responsibility and discretion. Once incorporated, it is extremely difficult to remove what is essentially a statutory provision from the constitution.
The contents of the Florida Constitution should be limited to matters that are essential or fundamental. Matters that are ordinarily handled through the legislative process, such as the banning of greyhound racing, should be excluded from the Constitution.
For these reasons, Florida TaxWatch recommends a NO vote on Amendment 13.”