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Proposal would make it harder to change constitution

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(Florida Department of State)

A Senate Republican on Monday proposed a measure that, if approved by voters, would make it harder to amend the Florida Constitution.

The proposal (SJR 978), filed by Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, would increase the threshold for voter approval of constitutional amendments.

Currently, 60 percent of voters need to approve amendments. Baxley's proposal would increase that required number to two-thirds.

Baxley's proposal itself would require a change to the Constitution. If approved during the upcoming legislative session, it would go on the November 2018 ballot.

Rep. Rick Roth, R-Loxahatchee, has filed an identical proposal (HJR 65) in the House.