Your plain language guide to the 12 proposed Florida constitutional amendments and the positions of ten civic and public interest watchdog organizations. You can download a printable version of the guide to take with you to the polls or text FLBALLOT to 30644 to get a link to this guide sent to your phone.
2018 Ballot Guide
The 12 amendments on your ballot in plain language:
(Click the amendment # for more detailed descriptions.)
|Progress Florida||League of Women Voters of Florida||ACLU of Florida||Florida National Organization for Women||National Council of Jewish Women - Florida||Sierra Club Florida||Florida Education Association||Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates||For Our Future Florida||Common Cause Florida|
Small property tax break for some owners of more expensive homes, likely higher tax rates for all or big cuts to local programs.
Makes permanent a 10% cap on tax increases for non-homestead property.
Requires a citizen led constitutional amendment to approve new casino gambling.
Restores the eligibility to vote to Floridians with felony convictions who've completed their full sentence, excluding murder and sexual offenses.
Requires an almost impossible 2/3 legislative vote to end tax breaks for big corporations or for the state to pay for improving schools or emergency responses to weather or environmental crises.
Deletes constitutional protections for the accused; expands already existing constitutional protections for victims; and creates constitutional rights for corporations in our criminal justice system.
Requires universities’ governing bodies to get supermajority approval from their members to increase student fees or impose new ones.
Protects Florida’s coasts by banning oil drilling in Florida’s near-shore waters. Bans vaping inside workplaces.
Requires all Florida counties to elect all constitutional officers, even if their local charters as approved by local citizens and policy-makers have chosen not to.
Repeals obsolete provisions including a discriminatory ban on certain Floridians owning property; allows for criminal justice reforms to apply retroactively.
Helps end the revolving door between public officials & powerful lobbying firms.
Phases out commercial greyhound racing by 2020.
(Click the amendment # for more detailed descriptions.)
Would give some owners of more expensive homes a small tax cut but at the same time would cut an estimated $645 million from local governments. Passage would likely result in higher taxes for all or significant cuts to fire and police services, environmental protection, health care, public art, affordable housing programs and more.
OPPOSED BY: Progress Florida, Florida NOW, League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVFL), National Council of Jewish Women Florida (NCJWFL), AFSCME Florida, Sierra Club Florida, For Our Future Florida, Florida Education Association
Makes permanent an already existing cap of 10 percent on annual property value increases for non-homestead property such as vacation homes, investment, and commercial properties.
OPPOSED BY: LWVFL, Florida NOW
Ensures that people, not politicians, control decisions about casino gambling in Florida. This amendment would require a constitutional amendment, through a citizen initiative only, for any new casino gambling in Florida.
SUPPORTED BY: Progress Florida, LWVFL
Restores the eligibility to vote to Floridians who have done their time and paid their debt – including parole, probation, and restitution. These are our family members, friends, and neighbors who have earned the opportunity to participate in and give back to their communities.
SUPPORTED BY: Progress Florida, LWVFL, Florida NOW, NCJWFL, Equality Florida, NAACP Florida, New Florida Majority, Sierra Club Florida, FL Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates (FAPPA) ACLU of Florida, Common Cause FL, For Our Future Florida, AFSCME Florida, Florida Conservation Voters, Florida Education Association
Requires an almost impossible 2/3 legislative vote to end tax breaks for big corporations or for the state to pay for improving schools or emergency responses to weather or environmental crises. Severely restricts the ability of the state to invest in critical areas including high-quality public schools, affordable health care, modernized roads and transit, environmental protection and affordable housing, to name a few.
OPPOSED BY: Progress Florida, LWVFL, Florida NOW, NCJWFL, AFSCME Florida, Sierra Club Florida, FAPPA, For Our Future Florida, Florida Education Association
Expands the scope of victims’ rights in our constitution and broadens the definition of victim to include corporate entities and financial offenses, and thus creates for the first time constitutional rights for corporations in our criminal justice system. Additionally, it eliminates an existing constitutional protection that ensures that the rights of the accused are not interfered with. It is bundled with raising the judicial retirement age and abolishing judicial deference to state agencies.
OPPOSED BY: LWVFL, FAPPA, Florida NOW, NCJWFL, ACLU of FL
Creates an onerous supermajority requirement for universities to impose new or increase existing student fees; enshrines in the Florida Constitution guidelines for the State College System; mandates that employers or the state pay a death benefit to first responders and members of the military killed in the line of duty.
OPPOSED BY: LWVFL, Florida NOW, Florida Education Association
(Amendment 8 was removed from the ballot by the Florida Supreme Court)
Protects Florida’s world famous coastline and beaches by prohibiting oil drilling in Florida’s state waters. Also, protects indoor air quality by including tobacco vaping in the existing prohibition of tobacco smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces.
SUPPORTED BY: Progress Florida, LWVFL, NCJWFL, Florida NOW, Sierra Club Florida, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Center for Biological Diversity, Environment Florida
Bundles multiple subjects together, but most notably this amendment would force all Florida counties to elect the positions of sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections and clerk of courts, even if their local charters as approved by local citizens and policy-makers have chosen not to.
OPPOSED BY: LWVFL, Florida NOW, NCJWFL
Bundles multiple subjects together: repeals a nearly century-old, discriminatory provision that allowed the Florida legislature to restrict the property rights of non-citizens; allows for criminal justice reforms to apply retroactively, thus allowing for ameliorative sentencing reforms to apply to incarcerated individuals serving lengthy sentences that the legislature determines are not warranted; deletes obsolete language.
SUPPORTED BY: Progress Florida, NCJWFL, ACLU of Florida, Florida NOW
Helps end the revolving door between public officials and lobbying firms by expanding from two to six years the time that many public officials would have to wait before they could lobby state government.
SUPPORTED BY: Progress Florida, Common Cause FL
OPPOSED BY: Florida NOW
Bans wagering on all types of dog racing, notably greyhound racing, to be phased in effective Dec. 31, 2020. Passage of this amendment would allow dog tracks to continue offering other types of gambling.
SUPPORTED BY: LWVFL, Florida NOW