Citizens fight City Hall and win; Tallahassee voters get ethics reforms on ballot

William Patrick
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Sep 02, 2014 12:37 PM
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Citizens fight City Hall and win; Tallahassee voters get ethics reforms on ballot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Add one more Tallahassee resident to the list of thousands who think voters should have a say in whether their city government needs stronger ethics requirements.

Friday, Chief Judge Charles Francis ruled against the city’s attempt to block a voter-backed ballot initiative, despite proponents gaining more than twice the number of the needed signatures.

City Attorney Lewis Shelley sued Citizens for Ethics Reform, the bipartisan coalition group behind the amendment, calling the ballot language “unclear” and “misleading.”