13 constitutional amendments on Florida ballot in November
Floridians have bypassed their elected lawmakers more than dozens of times in the past half-century last decade, using a vote of the people to legalize medical marijuana, limited state lawmakers to eight years in office, set limits on the property tax increases, make English the official language of Florida, required turtle escapes from commercial fishing nets, and, most famously, put rules on the treatment of pregnant pigs.
Voters in November will face 13 most constitutional amendments, the most since 1998, which is the last time the state's Constitution Revision Commission met. The majority of the amendments on this year's ballot came from that months-long process.
Some measures proposed by the CRC have been grouped together, meaning voters will have to choose to approve or reject disparate proposals that were bundled into one amendment. Floridians will be asked have to decide if they want to ban both vaping indoors and offshore oil and gas drilling, and if they want to require Miami-Dade to elect its sheriff and create a state counter-terrorism office.
“Voter fatigue” is a concern of backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would extend a property-tax cap, particularly because approval of the measure -- like all others -- requires support from 60 percent of voters.
Here's the complete list:
Amendment 1, Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption....