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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700766: Professional Sports Anthem Demonstrations by chris luz

ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS, Section 3. Initiative.

SECTION 3.Initiative.

The power to propose the revision or amendment of any portion or portions of this constitution by initiative is reserved to the people, provided that, any such revision or amendment, except for those limiting the power of government to raise revenue, shall embrace but one subject and matter directly connected therewith. It may be invoked by filing with the custodian of state records a petition containing a copy of the proposed revision or amendment, signed by a number of electors in each of one half of the congressional districts of the state, and of the state as a whole, equal to eight percent of the votes cast in each of such districts respectively and in the state as a whole in the last preceding election in which presidential electors were chosen.

ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS, New Section.

Catchline: professional sports truth in labeling and customer protection amendment

If a professional athlete or athletes about to participate in a sporting event, or coaches, or team officials, or team personel, or anyone working in the capacity of event promotion, use the national anthem as an opportunity to stage a protest during the national anthem when they are customarily expected to be standing silently and honoring the american flag, protests such as kneeling, sitting, turning their backs, choosing to stay in the locker room when that is not customary for that league or sport, locking arms, or making any other gesture or statement during the anthem to distract from the ceremony, then any attendee or remote viewer as the case may be, shall be entitled to a refund. attendees may return to the facility ticket office and get a full refund for that event and any other future related events the customer has prepaid for, in the process voiding any ticket contract the customer has entered into, as well as receiving full refund of parking fees if the event promoter or team has contracted with anyone for said parking for the event or ownes the parking area. if a professional sports team or professional sporting event promoter wants to have a valid legal defense to this amendment in order to retain ticket or remote viewer revenues by claiming the customer gave informed consent to be subjected to anthem protests before the event when buying tickets or remote viewer subscriptions, the team or league or event promoter staging the event must write in print "this event protests the united states national anthem" in at least as large print as the largest print that appears on all advertising and tickets and above the ticket window and proprietary websites, so that all potential customers are fully informed before making their purchase. remote video feed viewers purchasing from companies operating within the state of florida must also be provided similar informed consent before entering into subscription contracts by all advertisements for the event or series of events containing the print "this event protests the united states anthem" in at least the same size as the largest print on every advertisement in order for the team or promoter staging the event to have a legal defense to this amendment and retain charges. Any event sponsor or advertiser must also be given the same opportunity for advised consent in writing before entering into a contract, or said promoter or advertiser will also automatically be entitled to immediate refund. athletes, teams, leagues, and promoters shall not be construed in any way to be limited in their ability to speak freely or demonstrate according to their 1st amendment rights in the united states consitution. the purpose of this amendment is to protect consumers from being involuntarily subjected to anthem protests from the athletes, teams, and team personel without informed consent at time of purchase. this amendment becomes effective the day it becomes part of the constitution of the state of florida.