Voter’s Guide For Florida’s Proposed Amendments « CBS Miami

Voters will face 12 constitutional amendment proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot. Each needs at least 60 percent of votes to pass and make it into the Florida Constitution.

Amendment 1: Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption

Raises the homestead property tax exemption by $25,000 for homes worth more than $100,000. That would exempt the value between $100,000 and $125,000 of a home that serves as the owner’s primary residence. School taxes would be exempt.

Amendment 2: Limitations on Property Tax Assessments

Amendment 2 would make permanent a 10 percent cap on annual property-tax assessment increases for commercial property, apartments and vacation homes.

Amendment 3: Voter Control of Gambling in Florida

In a battle that has drawn tens of millions of dollars, this amendment that would make it harder to expand gambling in Florida. It would give Florida voters the exclusive right to decide whether a new casino can open in the state. It takes that right away from the Florida Legislature. That includes expansion of slot machines and other electronic betting devices as well as games like blackjack, roulette and craps.

Amendment 4: Voting Restoration for Felons

This amendment restores the voting rights for former felons, except murderers and sex offenders, who complete their sentences, paid restitution and fulfilled parole or probation requirements. Currently, former felons must wait at least 5 years after completing their sentences to ask the Florida Clemency Board, made up by the governor ....

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