Florida’s Constitution Amendment Voting Suggestions for 2018

Constitution Amendment are boring. Most people don’t understand them or even vote on them. So here is the list and our recommendations on how to vote on them.

Amendment 1 – Increases the amount of a home’s value exempted from property tax.

This one is very simple to understand. As home prices go up, so should the exemptions.

We recommend a “yes” vote. 

Amendment 2 – Makes the cap on nonhomestead parcel assessment increases permanent.

This is a current law on the books but set to expire Jan 1st 2019. This vote keeps the law permanent. 

We recommend a “yes” vote.

Amendment 3 – Requires voter approval of casino gambling.

The amount of money on this bill in advertising is staggering. ($27 million) The major companies for this bill are: Disney World and Seminole Indian Tribe. 

Why? This bill would stop creating competition to their operations. Both companies have lobbied to keep gambling only on Seminole Indian land. Which prevents places from opening casino’s in poor counties in Northern Florida which needs the economic boost.

We recommend a “no” vote.

Amendment 4 – Restores the right to vote for most people with prior felony convictions upon completion of their sentences.

Very simple to understand – Designed to automatically restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences, including prison, parole, and probation

We recommend a “yes” vote.

Amendment 5 – Requires 2/3 vote of legislature to impose or increase tax or fee.

Prevents a “simple majority” from raising our taxes and fee’s.

We recommend a “yes” vote.

Amendment 6 – Adds a Marsy’s Law to state constitution, increases judicial retirement age to 75, and prohibits judges from deferring to administrative agencies in interpreting law.

Has good parts and bad parts in it. Bad: Judges currently have to retire at 70. This would allow them to stay until 75. Good: Warns defendants when the status of the person who committed a crime against them changes. Stop judges from using other laws to pass judgement.

We recommend a “no” vote.

Amendment 7 – Requires death benefits for first responders and military members, a supermajority vote for college fees, and adds state college system structure to constitution.

This is a coin flip on your part. Benefits for first responders and military members is currently on the book and on other constitutional measures that have already passed. The supermajority vote part is to allow the state to set prices for colleges tuition fees. 

We recommend a “no” vote.

Amendment 9 – Bans offshore oil and gas drilling and vaping in enclosed indoor workplaces.

Will ban American companies from drilling off of Florida coast line but still allows foreign companies to do so. Store owners can ban vaping in their own stores. Just a silly part to this amendment.

We recommend a “no” vote.

Amendment 10 – Prohibits counties from abolishing certain local offices, changes start date of legislative sessions, and adds an executive office and executive department to constitution.

If you didn’t know Florida counties can ban certain office: sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, and clerk of the circuit court. This amendment would prevent this from happening.

We recommend a “yes” vote.

Amendment 11 – Repeals the following: (a) a prohibition against aliens owning property, (b) a requirement for a high-speed ground transportation system, and (c) a provision saying that changes to a criminal statute are not retroactive.

We’ll cut right to the meat of this. It’s another attempt to create a “high speed rail line” and make Floridians pay for something that doesn’t work.

We recommend a “no” vote.

Amendment 12 – Prohibits public officials from lobbying for compensation while in office and six years thereafter.

This one is very simple to understand. Keeps politicians from becoming lobbyist. 

We recommend a “yes” vote.

Amendment 13 – Prohibits pari-mutuel (a type of betting pool) operations from racing greyhounds or any other dogs for wagering, prohibits persons in Florida from wagering on the outcome of live dog races occurring in the state.

This will end “dog racing” Depends how you feel about this matter. 

We are staying neutral on this amendment.

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