Okay, the justices already provide their opinion on the amendments, but it's basically giving them a deadline of April 1st (yeah, April Fools! so appropriate considering the idiocy of some of these initiatives) as I understand it. (And Feb 2nd for the proposal) The current section just says they must provide their opinion "expeditiously".
In general, I have no problem with that . . . but what's the real motivation behind this one? I'd like to see it become much more difficult to amend this state's constitution . . . but by giving the justices a deadline . . . is this gunna allow more proposals to make it all the way to the ballot?
Here's a tough one. There's a crisis in Florida, with malpractice insurance at such high rates it's forcing doctors out of the profession and chasing medical talent out of the state. So, while I do think patients deserve major compensation for legitimate malpractice . . . there are a lot of frivolous lawsuits (and settlements that never go to trial) that are just wrecking the system. This initiative was sponsored by (mostly) the Florida Medical Association (i.e. The Doctors) and is vehemently opposed by The Lawyers (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers).
FMA claims it'll help fix the current crisis by giving victims their "fair share" from those evil greedy lawyers, and the AFTL claims it'll only make the problems worse and is really just a dirty trick being pulled by those evil malpracticing doctors so their victims won't be able to find a lawyer to take their malpractice case.
I won't paste in the text, it's pretty simple: Raises minimum wage to 6.15 and 3.15 for tipped workers, indexed to inflation. I'm generally in favor of higher minimum wages . . . but I'm still unsure about all the effects here. Employers will likely cut hours/postitions to compensate . . . so many aren't even going to see the increased pay (if they keep their job at all) . . . but there *are* a lot of undepaid workers here in Florida who can hardly survive on actual minimum wage . . .
(and I'm actually against raising it for tipped workers since they're already covered by the "guarunteed minimum" and your average bartender makes a ton of money.)
Also, regarding the malpractice fees amendment, there are two others on the Florida ballot that I voted for, which I think does a better job of addressing some of the concerns of our malpractice crisis:
-A patient's right to know amendment--forces disclosure by healthcare facilities of malpractice incidents while preserving doctor/patient confidentiality.
-A 3-strikes law, revoking the license of doctors with multiple incidents of malpractice.
Anyway, I just wanted to hear some more opinions on these. What are your thoughts? (I especially want to hear how Lil feels about the lawyer fee-cap one)