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Fairness Initiative Requiring Legislative Determination that Sales Tax Exemptions and Exclusions Serve A Public Purpose

Article III, Section 20

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The Legislature shall periodically review sales tax exemptions or excluded services and transactions except: food; prescription drugs; health services; and residential rent, electricity, and heating fuel; and shall continue or create only exemptions or exclusions serving a defined public purpose. Each law shall contain the single subject of a single exemption or exclusion and be approved by three-fifths vote of each legislative house. Exemptions and exclusions not reenacted or adopted by the Legislature are eliminated.

Floridians Against Inequities in Rates (Fair)
Post Office Box 111
Bradenton, FL 34206-0000
(941) 747-2777
  Contact: John McKay, Chairperson

Statewide total needed for judicial and financial impact review: 48,869 
Statewide total needed to make ballot position: 488,722 
Statewide total currently valid: 117,089*
Congressional district totals needed for judicial and economic reviews and ballot placement, with currently valid signatures: View by District by County
*Statewide and congressional district totals for ballot position are NOT OFFICAL until an initiative petition is certified to have made ballot. Once an initiative petition is certified for ballot position, total currently valid may exceed the official totals at time of certification. For status on ballot position, see Status Table below.
Two signature thresholds must first be met for ballot position: 1) statewide total [8 percent of the votes cast in the last presidential election], and 2) Congressional District signature totals in at least 14 of Florida's 27 Congressional Districts [8 percent of the votes cast in each Congressional District in the last presidential election]. See section 3, Article XI, Fla. Const., section 100.371, Fla. Stat.
A Congressional District may consist of one or more counties and a county may be part of more than one congressional district. To find out the signature threshold required in each Congressional District for review and ballot position, the current number of verified signatures in each Congressional District by county, and how many Congressional Districts may have met or exceeded signature thresholds, click the link above titled "View by District by County".

Status: Removed
Approval Date: 08/08/2003 
Undue Burden:  
Made Review: 05/27/2004 
Attorney General: 05/27/2004 
Sent to Supreme Court: 06/08/2004 
Supreme Court Ruling: Unconstitutional :  Fails to comply with the legal requrements of Article XI, Section 3 of the Florida Constitution and Section 101.61, Florida Statutes (2003).  
SC Ruling Date: 07/15/2004 
Made Ballot:  
Ballot Number: 0  
Election Year: 2004 

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