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Posted by zzz - Lorea Thomson on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 4:42pm.


Are you prepared to vote in the upcoming November 6, 2012 elections? This November’s ballot is the longest in South Florida’s history.  Part of the reason is that there are 11state constitutional amendments on the ballot.  Some of proposed amendments are quite lengthy and complex. Floridians should be prepared and know what they are voting in favor for or against in regard to these controversial amendments.  


The following amendments will appear on the General Election ballot in November. 

Amendment 1:  Health Care Services…This would add an amendment to the state constitution that attempts to prohibit the government from requiring individuals to purchase health insurance.

Amendment 2:  Veteran’s Property Tax Discount…This amendment would allow certain disabled veterans, who were not Florida residents prior to entering military service, to qualify for a discount on their property taxes.

Amendment 3: State Revenue Limitation…This amendment would set a state limit each year based on a formula that considers population growth and inflation instead of using the current method based on personal income.

Amendment 4:  Property Tax Limitations; property value decline; reduction for non-homestead assessment increases from 10% to 5%; delay of scheduled repeal… This amendment would provide an extra homestead exemption for first time home buyers; and allow lawmakers to prohibit assessment increases for properties with decreasing market values.

Amendment 5:  Florida Legislature …This proposed amendment would provide for Senate confirmation of Supreme Court justices; give lawmakers control over changes to the rules of the governing court system, give them investigation authority over judicial misconduct complaints, make its files available to the Speaker of the Florida House of Representative.

Amendment 6: Prohibition on Public Funding of Abortions…This measure would make the existing federal ban on public funding for most abortions become part of the Florida Constitution.

Amendment 7:  No Amendment 7 on the 2012 ballot.

Amendment 8: Religious Freedom…This measure would remove the prohibition in Florida’s Constitution that prevents religious institutions from receiving taxpayer funding.

Amendment 9: Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran of First Responder…This would grant a full property tax exemption to the surviving spouse of military vets who die while on active duty and to the surviving spouse of first responders who die in the line of duty.

photo-13_275Amendment 10: Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption: This amendment would double the tangible personal property tax exemption and allow local governments to increase the exemption.

Amendment 11:  Additional Homestead Exemption; Low-Income Seniors with Long Term Residency on Property; Equal to assessed Value…This measure would give additional property tax exemption to low income seniors who have lived in their homes for more than 25 years.

Amendment 12:  Appointment of Student Body President to Board of Governors of the State University System…This amendment would change the way the state selects the student representative on the state university system’s Board of Governors and providing student representation.

Make sure to cast your ballots based on facts. The Florida Division of Elections has all the 2012 Proposed Constitutional Amendments available in their entirety for your review at www.election.dos.state.fl.us/constitutional-amendments . South Florida residents from Stuart or the Loxahatchee River, all the way down to Westin should be prepared come election day.

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