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DeSantis Led A Crackdown On Dems' Last Lever Of Power In Florida

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Progressive voices have long relied on the ballot initiative process as their best last resort. In recent years, they have successfully mobilized voters to restore voting rights to felons, legalize medical marijuana, and reduce class sizes. But they now face laborious signature-gathering requirements and hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines for errors.

The Miami Herald reported that DeSantis led the charge to get the ballot initiative bill, known as HB5, signed into law. Per the Herald, it had languished earlier in the 2019 legislative session until the Republican governor intervened at the eleventh hour to amend it to an unrelated piece of legislation.

And with a flourish of his signature on Friday, DeSantis helped further consolidate GOP control over the crucial swing state.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.