2018 General Election Guide Archive

FL CRC Amendment 9 – Prohibits Offshore OilGas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplace

Prohibits oil drilling beneath waters controlled by Florida; prohibits the use of e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, at indoor workplaces.

Election Results

Votes % of Votes Result
5,415,308 68.92%


A YES vote would...

  • Enshrine in the Constitution a ban on oil and gas drilling beneath Florida state waters.
  • Exempt shipments of oil and gas on Florida’s waters.
  • Possibly signal to the federal government Floridians’ opposition to offshore drilling.
  • Apply constitutional restrictions to drilling only to waters under state control, not to waters under federal control.
  • Add new restrictions to the Constitution on the use of electronic vaping devices, largely mirroring current constitutional restrictions on indoor workplace smoking.
  • Create exceptions to the vaping restrictions in homes, bars, vaping retailers and hotel rooms designated for vaping.
  • Allow local governments to pass stricter regulations on the use of vaping devices.

A NO vote would...

  • Keep a drilling ban out of the state Constitution but would not alter existing state laws that ban drilling.
  • Allow Florida legislators to change the current law that bans offshore drilling in state-controlled waters.
  • Possibly signal to the federal government Floridians’ openness to offshore drilling.
  • Keep restrictions on vaping and the use of vaping devices out of the state Constitution.
  • Leave any such vaping restrictions to the discretion of the state Legislature.


  • Florida Wildlife Federation
  • Gulf Restoration Network
  • American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
  • League of Women Voters of Florida
  • Florida Policy Institute
  • Progress Florida


  • Florida Petroleum Council
  • Associated Industries of Florida
  • Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association
  • Florida Education Association
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce

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