A Statute Requiring Financial Impact Statements to Appear on the Ballot After Summaries of the Initiatives

In Smith v. Coalition to Reduce Class Size, 827 So. 2d 959 (Fla. 2002), the Supreme Court of Florida held that a statute requiring financial impact statements to appear on the ballot after summaries of the initiatives violated the Florida Constitution.

However, in Smith, this Court again repeated and applied the rule from Firestone. See Smith, 827 So. 2d at 963 ("Pursuant to the standard announced in this Court's opinion in Firestone, 'in considering any legislative act or administrative rule which concerns the initiative amending process, we must be careful that the legislative statute or implementing rule is necessary for ballot integrity.' 386 So. 2d at 566.