2018 Florida Video Voter Guide

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Amendment 1

BALLOT TITLE:

Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption

BALLOT SUMMARY:

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to increase the homestead exemption by exempting the assessed valuation of homestead property greater than $100,000 and up to $125,000 for all levies other than school district levies. The amendment shall take effect January 1, 2019.

Amendment 2

BALLOT TITLE:

Limitations on Property Tax Assessments

BALLOT SUMMARY:

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to permanently retain provisions currently in effect, which limit property tax assessment increases on specified nonhomestead real property, except for school district taxes, to 10 percent each year. If approved, the amendment removes the scheduled repeal of such provisions in 2019 and shall take effect January 1, 2019.

Amendment 3

BALLOT TITLE:

Voter Control of Gambling in Florida

BALLOT SUMMARY:

This amendment ensures that Florida voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling by requiring that in order for casino gambling to be authorized under Florida law, it must be approved by Florida voters pursuant to Article XI, Section 3 of the Florida Constitution. Affects articles X and XI. Defines casino gambling and clarifies that this amendment does not conflict with federal law regarding state/tribal compacts.

Amendment 4

BALLOT TITLE:

Voting Restoration Amendment

BALLOT SUMMARY:

This amendment restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation. The amendment would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses, who would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case by case basis.

Amendment 5

BALLOT TITLE:

Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise
State Taxes or Fees

BALLOT SUMMARY:

Prohibits the legislature from imposing, authorizing, or raising a state tax or fee except through legislation approved by a two thirds vote of each house of the legislature in a bill containing no other subject. This proposal does not authorize a state tax or fee otherwise prohibited by the Constitution and does not apply to fees or taxes imposed or authorized to be imposed by a county, municipality, school board, or special district.

Amendment 6

BALLOT TITLE:

Rights of Crime Victims; Judges

BALLOT SUMMARY:

Creates constitutional rights for victims of crime; requires courts to facilitate victims’ rights; authorizes victims to enforce their rights throughout criminal and juvenile justice processes. Requires judges and hearing officers to independently interpret statutes and rules rather than deferring to government agency’s interpretation. Raises mandatory retirement age of state justices and judges from seventy to seventy-five years; deletes authorization to complete judicial term if one-half of term has been served by retirement age.

Amendment 7

BALLOT TITLE:

First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public
Colleges and Universities

BALLOT SUMMARY:

Grants mandatory payment of death benefits and waiver of certain educational expenses to qualifying survivors of certain first responders and military members who die performing official duties. Requires supermajority votes by university trustees and state university system board of governors to raise or impose all legislatively authorized fees if law requires approval by those bodies. Establishes existing state college system as constitutional entity; provides governance structure.

Amendment 9

BALLOT TITLE:

Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in
Enclosed Indoor Workplaces

BALLOT SUMMARY:

Prohibits drilling for the exploration or extraction of oil and natural gas beneath all state-owned waters between the mean high water line and the state’s outermost territorial boundaries. Adds use of vapor-generating electronic devices to current prohibition of tobacco smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces with exceptions; permits more restrictive local vapor ordinances.

Amendment 10

BALLOT TITLE:

State and Local Government Structure and Operation

BALLOT SUMMARY:

Requires legislature to retain department of veterans’ affairs. Ensures election of sheriffs, property appraisers, supervisors
of elections, tax collectors, and clerks of court in all counties; removes county charters’ ability to abolish, change term, transfer duties, or eliminate election of these offices. Changes annual legislative session commencement date in even- numbered years from March to January; removes legislature’s authorization to fix another date. Creates office of domestic security and counterterrorism within department of law enforcement.

Amendment 11

BALLOT TITLE:

Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal
Statutes

BALLOT SUMMARY:

Removes discriminatory language related to real property rights. Removes obsolete language repealed by voters. Deletes
provision that amendment of a criminal statute will not affect prosecution or penalties for a crime committed before the amendment; retains current provision allowing prosecution of a crime committed before the repeal of a criminal statute.

Amendment 12

BALLOT TITLE:

Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers

BALLOT SUMMARY:

Expands current restrictions on lobbying for compensation by former public officers; creates restrictions on lobbying for compensation by serving public officers and former justices and judges; provides exceptions; prohibits abuse of a public position by public officers and employees to obtain a personal benefit.

Amendment 13

BALLOT TITLE:

Ends Dog Racing

BALLOT SUMMARY:

Phases out commercial dog racing in connection with wagering by 2020. Other gaming activities are not affected.

Take a video tour of each proposed amendment and learn everything you need to know before casting your vote in November.

This November voters will decide the fate of 12 proposed amendments to the Florida constitution.

SU founder Raymmar Tirado sat down with Adrian Moore from the Reason Foundation to talk in depth about those proposed amendments and how they impact the average Florida resident.

Click an amendment to watch an in depth video discussion on each of the issues.

Click here to read the full text of each proposed amendment.