Court Noted That Whenever Possible a Statute Should Be Construed So As Not to Conflict With the Constitution
In State v. Stalder, 630 So. 2d 1072 (Fla. 1994), for example, the court stated:
The court noted that in assessing a statute's constitutionality, this Court is bound "to resolve all doubts as to the validity of [the] statute in favor of its constitutionality, provided the statute may be given a fair construction that is consistent with the federal and state constitutions as well as with the legislative intent." State v. Elder, 382 So. 2d 687, 690 (Fla. 1980).
Further, "whenever possible, a statute should be construed so as not to conflict with the constitution.
Just as federal courts are authorized to place narrowing constructions on acts of Congress, this Court may, under the proper circumstances, do the same with a state statute when to do so does not effectively rewrite the enactment." Firestone v. News-Press Publishing Co., 538 So. 2d 457, 459-60 (Fla. 1989).