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Someone asked me to post the Florida Constitutional Amendments that passed and info on them
Limitations on Property Tax Assessments
Makes permanent what currently is a temporary cap of 10 percent on annual property value increases for vacation homes, apartments and commercial property, effectively limiting increases on tax bills.
Voter Control of Gambling in Florida
Requires approval of any new casino gambling through a citizen-initiative constitutional amendment, effectively barring the Legislature from making those gambling decisions by passing laws.
Voting Restoration Amendment
Allows those who have completed their entire sentence to earn the right to vote back except for those convicted of murder or felony sex offenses.
Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees
Requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to approve any new or increased taxes or fees, rather than a simple majority.
Rights of Crime Victims; Judges
Vastly expands the scope of victims rights under the state Constitution; increases the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75; forces courts and judges to interpret laws and rules for themselves rather than rely on interpretations by government agencies.
First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities
Creates a super majority requirement for universities to impose new or increase existing student fees; enshrines in the 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.
Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces
Prohibits oil drilling beneath waters controlled by Florida; prohibits the use of e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, at indoor workplaces.
State and Local Government Structure and Operation
Requires the Legislature to hold its session in early January on even-numbered years; creates an Office of Domestic Security and Counterterrorism within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; mandates the existence of a state Department of Veterans’ Affairs; forces all counties to elect a sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections and Clerk of Circuit Court.
Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes
Repeals the state’s ability to prohibit non-citizens from buying, owning and selling property; deletes a provision that forces the state to prosecute criminal suspects under the law they were originally charged under, even if the Legislature changes that law; deletes obsolete language having to do with high-speed rail in Florida.
Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers
Expands ethics rules for elected officials and government employees, notably by expanding from two to six years the time that many officials would have to wait before they could lobby state government.
Bans wagering on any type of dog racing, notably greyhounds, as of Dec. 31, 2020, while continuing to allow dog tracks to continue offering other types of gambling, including poker rooms.
My report on the voting from this morning
FB Live Steam w Francesco Saverio Abbruzzino: Covering The Election ResultsWe did have one call in today from Rob Merlino who talked about the election results and how his group Hands Along The Water hope to bring awareness to water quality issues within Sarasota CountyYou can share this with your non FB friends by sending them this link: https://www.thescoopradioshow.com/fb-live-steam-w-francesco-saverio-abbruzzino-covering-the-election-results/All my video reports are unedited, unscripted and I am not reading from a placard. Hence, you are seeing the real deal with only one live take, where I opine on a news event. So, if you are looking for a typical newscaster structure, which comes from reading a script, you are on the wrong site.Join my group and get by FB's algorithms that limit the number of my postings that will appear. Just click here and add your friends too: https://www.facebook.com/groups/veniceflorida/
Posted by Francesco Abbruzzino – The Scoop on Wednesday, November 7, 2018