October 17 - James Madison Institute
Join Tiger Bay Club of Southwest Florida on October 17 for a Discussion with the James Madison Institute on the hot button issues slated for the Nov. 6 elections
With the general election less than 2 months away and the highest number of amendments on the ballot in nearly 20 years, the James Madison Institute (JMI) will share with us the latest of what to expect when citizens cast their vote on November 6.
There could be as many as 13 amendments on the ballot, depending on what the courts decide on legal challenges being made against many of the proposals.
JMI, a nonpartisan research and educational organization that conducts research on such issues as health care, taxes, and regulatory environments, released its 2018 Florida Constitutional Amendment Guide that provides voters with an analysis of each ballot initiative, including the pros and cons of each proposal.
“A well-informed voter is the bedrock of our republic, and it is our hope that The James Madison Institute’s 2018 Amendment Guide will educate voters on the issues present in the upcoming election,” said Bob McClure, president and CEO of JMI. “Educated voters help ensure that Florida will make prudent decisions for our future, and the importance of this year’s election will be examined for generations to come.”
The Constitution Revision Commission has approved eight amendments that consist of nearly 20 issues that include banning offshore oil drilling and greyhound racing, charter schools, term limits for school board members and victims’ rights.
Five other amendments that made the ballot through the citizens initiative process include the automatic restoration of felons rights, requiring voters to approve future gaming issues involving the state, and requiring a supermajority vote by the Legislature in order to raise taxes and fees.
“With so much on the line and on the ballot in the 2018 election, it would be easy for voters to ‘check out’ by the time they get to the amendment,” said Sal Nunso, JMI’s vice president of policy. “State Constitutional amendments are in place far longer than any politician. These initiatives are of the highest importance to every Floridian and it’s our responsibility as citizens to weigh each one seriously.”
Join us on Oct. 17 to learn more about the key issues surrounding the political debate this election season.
Date: Wednesday, October 17
Registration and networking at 11:30 a.m., with lunch and program at noon.
The Marina at Edison Ford
2360 West First St.
Ft. Myers 33901
Tickets are $35 for members; $45 for non-member
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