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Florida’s Constitutional Amendments: What Passed, What Didn’t and What That Means

Take a closer look at the 11 constitutional amendments and how Floridians voted on them.

The Nov. 6 ballot was one of the largest Florida voters have ever seen and here’s why: there were 11 proposed constitutional amendments up for consideration.

Amendments require a 60 percent or higher approval rate to pass.

Based on results calculated by the state’s Division of Elections, here’s what passed and what didn’t at of 1:00 a.m. Nov. 7:

Florida Amendment 1: Health Care Services – Fail

With most of Florida’s precincts reporting, this amendment did not meet the 60 percent requirement to pass.

The amendment would have given Florida the ability to opt out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Florida Amendment 2: Veterans Disabled to Combat Injury; Homestead Property Tax Discount – Pass

With most of Florida’s precincts reporting, this amendment met the 60 percent requirement to pass.

This amendment gives disabled veterans who did not live in Florida when they entered the military a break on their property taxes. It essentially extends the homestead property tax discounts to include them.

Florida Amendment 3: State Government Revenue Limitation – Fail

With most of Florida’s precincts reporting, this amendment did not meet the 60 percent requirement to pass.

This amendment would have set the state’s revenue limit based on a formula that takes inflation and population growth into account.

Florida Amendment 4: Property Tax Limitation; Property Value Decline; Reduction for Non-Homestead Assessment Increases; Delay of Scheduled Repeal – Fail

With most of Florida’s precincts reporting, this amendment did not meet the 60 percent requirement to pass.

This amendment would have limited the allowable growth in the assessments on certain non-homestead properties from 10 percent to 5 percent. It would have also prohibited increases in assessed value on homestead properties and some non-homestead properties when market values decrease. It also intended to give first-time homesteaders an extra exemption. The amendment would have provided homestead tax exemption benefits to out-of-state residents.

Florida Amendment 5: State Courts – Fail

With most of Florida’s precincts reporting, this amendment did not meet the 60 percent requirement to pass.

This amendment would have required that Supreme Court justices appointed by the Governor also be confirmed by the Senate. It also would have enabled the court to repeal a rule through a simple majority instead of requiring the two-thirds majority vote that is now in place. In addition, it would have given the Florida House of Representatives the ability to review all files of the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

Florida Amendment 6: Prohibition on Public Funding of Abortions; Construction of Abortion Rights – Fail

With most of Florida’s precincts reporting, this amendment did not meet the 60 percent requirement to pass.

While federal law already prohibits the use of federal funds for most abortions, this amendment would have added the prohibitions into the state Constitution. The amendment would have disallowed the use of the state Constitution’s privacy clause in cases related to abortion, which means this clause couldn’t be used to defend abortion rights.

Florida Amendment 8: Religious Freedom – Fail

With most of Florida’s precincts reporting, this amendment did not meet the 60 percent requirement to pass.

This amendment would have repealed a provision in the state Constitution that bans taxpayer funding of religious institutions. The measure would have enabled the state to provide financial support to religious schools and institutions.

Florida Amendment 9: Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder – Pass

With most of Florida’s precincts reporting, this amendment met the 60 percent requirement to pass.

This amendment gives full homestead property tax benefits to the surviving spouses of military veterans and first responders who are killed in the line of duty. The new rule requires that the deceased be a Florida resident as of Jan. 1 of the year they died.

Florida Amendment 10: Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption – Fail

With most of Florida’s precincts reporting, this amendment did not meet the 60 percent requirement to pass.

This amendment would have raised the tangible personal property tax exemption for businesses related to furniture and equipment from $25,000 to $50,000.

Florida Amendment 11: Additional Homestead Exemption for Low-Income Seniors who Maintain Long-Term Residency on Property; Equal to Assessed Value – Pass

With most of Florida’s precincts reporting, this amendment met the 60 percent requirement to pass.

This amendment would grants full homestead property tax relief to seniors in the low-income tax bracket who have lived in their homes for 25 years or more.

Florida Amendment 12: Appointment of Student Body President to the Board of Governors of the State University – Fail

With most of Florida’s precincts reporting, this amendment did not meet the 60 percent requirement to pass.

This amendment would have changed the way the state selects student representatives to serve on the state university system’s Board of Governors.

Results are considered unofficial until they are certified by the state of Florida.

Elizabeth Misa November 07, 2012 at 02:48 PM
what a waste of time voting for the amendments - most did not pass!!!
Donny In Florida November 07, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I have always believed a woman has a 100% right to choose WITHOUT the goverment interfering. However along with that right comes a certain amount of responsability. The primary of which is the FINANCIAL responsability. People are always touting a womans right to choose without the goverment interfering OK fine the goverment should stop interfering in all ways including paying for it Period It seems the people behind defeating Amendment 6 are saying the following Let Me Choose!!!! I just don’t have to bear the financial RESPONSABILITY that comes with MY CHOICE!!!! Government Get Away ….. Ohhh but pay MY bill A bit Hypocritical isn’t it
errin November 07, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Donny - Amend. 6 was a moot point, there is already a federal law in place in that does that exact thing. The reason behind Amendment 6 was to alter the privacy clause. "While federal law already prohibits the use of federal funds for most abortions...The amendment would have disallowed the use of the state Constitution’s privacy clause in cases related to abortion, which means this clause couldn’t be used to defend abortion rights."
see es November 07, 2012 at 08:32 PM
why a waste of time?.... passing these amendments wasn't the point...deciding which NOT to pass seemed like the more important important obligation (at least in this election).
Linda Davis November 07, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Linda in Florida: As far as I know there have been several women that I know that have had abortions for whatever reason, but they paid for them. Although they were done through the Planned Parenthood facility. I have never heard of a free abortion. But that was 25 yrs ago. WE have the right to choose, but do not expect the government to pay for it. Plus if the supposed fathers were also financially responsible there wouldn't be no need for free abortions. But if there wasn't a way for women to have this option, there would be more unwanted children on medicaid, which would cost a lot more than an abortion. It's stupid to think that paying a small amount over paying a lifetime of government support for unwanted children and foodstamps, and whatever else there would be to raise that child. People are going to other countries to adopt these days, and the kids in this country remain in orphanages, etc, etc, etc. Think about it!
Linda Davis November 07, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Also there are women who keep having kids, just to get a bigger check from the government every month and a bigger food stamp allotment. I say we should do what China did and start limiting the number of children a family could have. Once you've had three, STOP!
Terri November 09, 2012 at 12:54 PM
You are 100% correct...hypocrisy seem to be the rule of thumb these days....
Mark November 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
You haven't a clue what kind of $$ are involved for a welfare recipient.... You're just parroting what you think you know. When you've experienced, first hand, what you clearly misunderstand to be the 'lavish benefits' of being on welfare, then you can make ridiculous statements. Until then, you might want to do a little research. Also, your suggestion that the government limit the number of children a family can have is equally ridiculous. I, for one, desire less government intrusion into my private life, not more.
Joanne R November 13, 2012 at 07:22 PM
How many children have you adopted? Are you willing to pay for the care, guidance and education of these children you are so righteously forcing into this world. If its not your place to do these things then it is not your place to make this very difficult choice. If it is money that you care about so much in this situation you might want to rethink..

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