2012 Constitutional Amendments

The 2012 election ballot is expected to be very long due to the number of constitutional amendments listed. As a result you may face longer than usual lines at your polling site. We are recommending that you request a VOTE BY MAIL ballot or vote during the "Early Voting" period. To help you prepare, the amendments are below...


VOTE NO on the amendments that are not good for public education.

VOTE NO on 3, 5 & 8.

Amend 1-HEALTH CARE SERVICES
 
Amend 2-VETERANS DISABLED DUE TO COMBAT INJURY; HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX DISCOUNT
    
Amend 3-STATE GOVERNMENT REVENUE LIMITATION OPPOSE

If passed, this amendment would place a state revenue cap in the Constitution.  If approved by the voters, this tax cap would bar the Florida Legislature from collecting additional revenues from the amount collected the prior year plus an adjustment for inflation and population growth.  Essentially this amendment would block any efforts to increase funding for our schools, health care programs or infrastructure improvements and make it impossible to close any of the hundreds of special interest tax exemptions and loopholes that benefit big business.  This arbitrary tax cap failed miserably in Colorado, the only state to pass such a cap.  Following the Colorado failure, 30 states have rejected these caps and 16 have defeated similar measures at the ballot box.
    
Amend 4-PROPERTY TAX LIMITATIONS; PROPERTY VALUE DECLINE; REDUCTION FOR NONHOMESTEAD ASSESSMENT INCREASES; DELAY OF SCHEDULED REPEAL

Amend 5-STATE COURTS OPPOSE

The Florida Legislature, angry that they did not get their way on every recent Supreme Court ruling, held their breath until they turned blue.  When that did not work, they crafted Amendment 5, which would grant the magnanimous, never-political Florida Senate with confirmation powers over justices of the Supreme Court. Furthermore, this drive-by shooting, disguised as an amendment, would allow the Legislature the power to repeal, yes repeal, any Supreme Court decision with a simple majority of 50 percent plus one.
 
Amend 6-PROHIBITION ON PUBLIC FUNDING OF ABORTIONS; CONSTRUCTION OF ABORTION RIGHTS
    
Amend 8-RELIGIOUS FREEDOM | FEA Summary/Position OPPOSE

If passed, Amendment 8 would grant the state the ability to give our tax dollars to any group claiming to be a religious organization.  Any religious group or sect would be able to use our tax dollars to fund their own religious schools. With no oversight to safeguard your tax dollars our state government would be “giving away” – the door would be open to massive fraud and abuse.   
    
Amend 9-HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR SURVIVING SPOUSE OF MILITARY VETERAN OR FIRST RESPONDER
   
Amend 10-TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

Amend 11-ADDITIONAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; LOW-INCOME SENIORS WHO MAINTAIN LONG-TERM RESIDENCY ON PROPERTY; EQUAL TO ASSESSED VALUE
    
Amend 12-APPOINTMENT OF STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT TO BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM

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