Today we conclude our daily review of each Florida amendment which Florida voters will decided on November 6, 2012 in the general election with Amendment 12. We will have a summary of the amendments on Sunday, November 4, 2012 so please subscribe to this column so you are notified.
Amendment 12 is relatively boring for most Floridians as it deals with putting in the Florida Constitution a change to the procedure of putting a student representative on the Florida Board of Governors overseeing the State University System. Many believe this is another of the proposed amendments which belong in Florida Statute and not in the Florida Constitution, however it is up for a vote for Floridians.
If enacted, it would allow a student to have a seat at the table when decisions are made on the state level affecting the State University System. Current language in the Constitution does require a student to on the Board of Governors, however that student is required to be a member of the Florida Student Association (FSA). This amendment would broaden the ability of any student president at any of the state universities to apply and not necessarily be a member of the FSA.
The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF)is encouraging its members to vote ‘no’ on Amendment 12 with the following statement:
“Will increasing bureaucracy actually improve our state college system? Do we really need another council, committee, board, or department involved in education? And, even if you believe that this is necessary, does this sort of thing really belong in our Constitution? The LPF believes the solution to problems in Florida’s schools and universities is best handled with less government involvement and more free-market approaches to education.”
There is no clear direction of Florida libertarians on this issue besides the statement from the Libertarian Party of Florida. Most libertarians I talked to about it are either unclear on the issue or didn’t care one way or another. The LPF is in agreement with the League of Women Voters of Florida who are also recommending a ‘no’ vote for Amendment 12.
Amendment 12 reads as follows:
“Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to replace the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents as the student member of the Board of Governors of the State University System and to require that the Board of Governors organize such council of state university student body presidents.”