We look to constitutions for many reasons, and a major one is to determine the basis for citizens’ rights. In the Florida Constitution, many of the statements of rights appear up front, in the Declaration of Rights. Study of this article involves analyzing provisions of the state constitution to identify those that are not in the U.S. Constitution, those that have parallels in the federal Constitution, and those that are to be construed in a manner consistent with decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.1 Among the provisions that are in Florida’s constitution but not...
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