REPORT: Florida House of Representatives’ Criminal Justice Subcommittee Votes to Require Former Felons to Pay Fines and Fees Before Voting Rights Can Be Restored

Of course they did.

Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) called the bill a poll tax.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) implied that the bill is unconstitutional.

This view was shared by former federal prosecutor Renaldo Mariotti, who said the bill “seems constitutionally deficient.”

Blowback has been fierce across the board.

Florida Democratic State Representative Adam Hattersley also called the GOP bill a poll tax.

“It’s not only targeting the poor and is targeting minorities, but it’s blatantly unconstitutional as a poll tax,” said Hattersley. “The will of the voters is clear, and this bill is trying to circumvent that.”

Republican James Grant, however, disagreed, chastising critics as “arrogant.”

“One of the things that was said today was that I had the near arrogance to present this bill. I’ll tell you what is near arrogance. Near arrogance is ignoring testimony in front of the Supreme Court,” Grant said. “Near arrogance is suggesting this is a poll tax. Members, to suggest that this is a poll tax inherently diminishes what a poll tax actually is.”

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