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Writing:Background (local measures)

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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to add a "Background" section to a local ballot measure article.
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The background section follows the "text of measure" and precedes "support" and "opposition" sections.

The background section is not required for all measure articles.

This particular section can be used to highlight a variety of information, including:

  • Related legislative bills, county or city council action
  • Related measures
  • Related history (attempts to pass similar measure in another state, county, city...)

NOTE: If it relates to another measure, bill, or article that we have a page on, make sure to add a wikilink to that page.


Below is an example of a "Background" section for a local ballot measure article:

See article: Florida Supreme Court Amendment (2012)


Several judicial reform measures were proposed by the legislature in early 2011 for the 2012 statewide ballot. The proposals were developed following the removal of three legislatively-referred measures in 2010 by state courts. Measures removed from the ballot included: Florida Redistricting, Amendment 7, Florida Property Tax Limit, Amendment 3 and Florida Healthcare Freedom, Amendment 9.

Judicial reform proposals filed legislators include amendments to judicial qualifications, appointee certification, judicial retention, court rules, release of court records and splitting the Florida Supreme Court into two courts. The list of proposals can be viewed here.

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