As of early February, the coalition had collected more than 30,000 of the 50,000 signatures it needs to send the measure to the Florida Supreme Court for review. After it receives the court’s approval, the group will need to collect an additional 450,000 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot. The coalition has hired a signature-gathering firm to help meet both thresholds.
The Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) is assuming that the proposal will reach the ballot. Given the terrible precedent that would be set by passage of the amendment, NAHB is working with the association on an aggressive campaign to defeat it.
The state association has received a grant from NAHB's State and Local Issues Fund, and NAHB’s State and Local Political Operations team has been retained to help build a statewide grassroots coalition to defeat the measure if it is put on the ballot.
Hometown Democracy's efforts could gain national attention from activist groups and be used as a tool for organizing and turning out the pro-environment vote in the presidential election.
For more information on efforts to defeat this potentially devastating amendment, e-mail NAHB’s Alastair Macaulay or call him at 800-368-5242 x8584.
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