|Published:||May 06, 2011 6:25 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 06, 2011 3:27 PM EDT|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Voters will have a chance to repeal Florida's ban on state aid to churches and other religious organizations.
The repeal is part of a proposed state constitutional amendment that's going on the November 2012 ballot.
The final vote came Friday in the Senate on a largely party line 26-11 roll call with Republicans in favor and most Democrats against. The margin was just two votes more than the minimum needed.
It previously passed in the House.
The proposal would lift the threat of legal challenges to voucher programs that send disabled and low-income children to parochial and other private schools at taxpayer expense.
The same goes for public funding of hospitals, colleges and social service organizations with religious affiliations.
Opponents say the ban does not prevent that spending.
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