General Election Guide 2018

State Ballot Issues

FL Amendment 1 – Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption

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Grants an additional $25,000 homestead exemption for homes worth $125,000 or more.

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FL Amendment 2 – Limitations on Property Tax Assessments

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Makes permanent what currently is a temporary cap of 10 percent on annual property value increases for vacation homes, apartments and commercial property, effectively limiting increases on tax bills.

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FL Amendment 3 – Voter Control of Gambling in Florida

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Requires approval of any new casino gambling through a citizen-initiative constitutional amendment, effectively barring the Legislature from making those gambling decisions by passing laws.

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FL Amendment 4 – Voting Restoration Amendment

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Allows those who have completed their entire sentence to earn the right to vote back except for those convicted of murder or felony sex offenses.

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FL Amendment 5 – Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees

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Requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to approve any new or increased taxes or fees, rather than a simple majority.

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FL CRC Amendment 6 – Rights of Crime Victims; Judges

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Vastly expands the scope of victims rights under the state Constitution; increases the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75; forces courts and judges to interpret laws and rules for themselves rather than rely on interpretations by government agencies.

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

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

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

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FL CRC Amendment 10 – State and Local Government Structure and Operation

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Requires the Legislature to hold its session in early January on even-numbered years; creates an Office of Domestic Security and Counterterrorism within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; mandates the existence of a state Department of Veterans’ Affairs; forces all counties to elect a sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections and Clerk of Circuit Court.

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FL CRC Amendment 11 – Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes

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Repeals the state’s ability to prohibit non-citizens from buying, owning and selling property; deletes a provision that forces the state to prosecute criminal suspects under the law they were originally charged under, even if the Legislature changes that law; deletes obsolete language having to do with high-speed rail in Florida.

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FL CRC Amendment 12 – Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers

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Expands ethics rules for elected officials and government employees, notably by expanding from two to six years the time that many officials would have to wait before they could lobby state government.

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FL CRC Amendment 13 – Dog Racing

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Bans wagering on any type of dog racing, notably greyhounds, as of Dec. 31, 2020, while continuing to allow dog tracks to continue offering other types of gambling, including poker rooms.

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