Opponents won’t challenge Amendment 7 rewrite

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Opponents of a proposed repeal of the state’s ban on tax dollars going to religious organizations won’t challenge a new ballot summary, the Associated Press reported via the News Service of Florida. Lawmakers put the issue on the ballot, but Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled the wording of the ballot was misleading. Attorney General Pam Bondi then rewrote the ballot summary, and the lawyer for the original opponents of the measure told the AP this week that they won’t challenge the rewrite. The proposed amendment, Amendment 7, would remove a ban in the constitution on state dollars going to religious organizations. Opponents see the proposal as an effort to allow more tax dollars to go to private religious schools.

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