FL CRC Amendment 7 – First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges

Creates a supermajority requirement for universities to impose new or increase existing student fees; enshrines in the Constitution guidelines for the State College System; mandates that employers or the state pay a death benefit to first responders and members of the military killed in the line of duty.

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A YES vote would...

  • Force universities’ boards of trustees and the state Board of Governors to get supermajority approval from their members to increase student fees or impose new ones.
  • Make the governing framework for state colleges a part of the Constitution.
  • Create a constitutional requirement for state and local governments to pay death benefits to first responders.
  • Expand the definition of first responders under state law to include paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
  • Require the state to provide death benefits to members of the U.S. military who are either residents of Florida or who are stationed in the state.
  • Create an undetermined financial burden on local and state government from paying death benefits to a larger group of first responders and members of the military. The amendment does not specify a funding source for those payments.

A NO vote would...

  • Continue allowing universities to increase student fees or impose new ones with a simple majority of votes from governing bodies.
  • Exclude a governing framework for state colleges from the Constitution, while keeping it in state law.
  • Continue providing death benefits for first responders through state law rather than making it part of the Constitution.
  • Maintain the current definition of first responders eligible for death benefits, which excludes paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
  • Continue providing death benefits to the families of National Guardsmen who are killed in the line of duty, but not extend those benefits to the families of U.S. service members who live in Florida.

Supporters

  • Association of Florida Colleges

Opponents

  • League of Women Voters of Florida
  • Florida Education Association

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