Florida voters don’t seem to be buying into a proposed constitutional amendments that would fling open the door to public funding for religious institutions. The defeat of that amendment, which is on the November ballot, could discourage efforts to pass similar measures in other states, including Texas.
A Suffolk University/7NEWS(WSVN-Miami) poll found that just 28 percent of registered voters in Florida support Amendment 8. The measure, deceptively titled the “Religious Freedom” amendment, would allow public dollars to fund religious schools, houses of worship, other sectarian institutions, and any religious sect or denomination. The poll showed that 52 percent of registered voters oppose the amendment, while the remainder were undecided or refused to answer. The amendment must receive 60 percent of the votes on November 6 to be added to the state’s Constitution.
Our friends at Americans United for Separation of Church and State have more on the amendment here.
TFN will be on the look out for any similar legislation when Texas lawmakers begin filing bills later this fall for the 2013 legislative session.