ARTICLE: Here Are 8 Of The Ballot Amendments Floridians Will Vote On In 2018

By Lloyd Dunkelberger


The Florida Constitution Revision Commission has placed eight proposed constitutional amendments on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. They will join five other proposed amendments placed on the ballot by the Legislature or citizens’ initiatives for a total of 13 measures. Many of the CRC’s final proposals have several ideas grouped together into single amendments. Some CRC members unsuccessfully tried to stop the grouping of proposals. The 13 measures on the November ballot will be the most voters have faced since 1998, the last time the CRC met and put nine amendments on the ballot. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

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ARTICLE: Plan That Would Toughen Lobbying Rules In Florida To Appear On November Ballot


State and local elected officials would be banned from lobbying for six years after they leave office under a proposal headed to the November general-election ballot. In a 30-4 vote on Monday, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission backed the revision (Proposal 6007) to the state constitution. If the proposal is approved by 60 percent of voters, it would increase a current two-year lobbying ban to six years. In addition to the lobbying ban, the measure would prohibit state and local elected officials from lobbying other governmental agencies, including the federal government, “for compensation” while they are in office. It would also create a new ethical standard for public officials, prohibiting them from using their offices to obtain a “disproportionate benefit” for themselves, their families or their business interests. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

ARTICLE: First Responder, State College Issues Go On Ballot


Florida voters will decide whether the Florida Constitution should mandate death benefits be paid when law enforcement officers, correctional officers, firefighters and other first responders are killed while performing their official duties. In a 30-7 vote on Monday, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission backed the proposal (Proposal 6002), which will appear as an amendment on the Nov. 6 general-election ballot. The ballot measure also would establish “a system of governance” for the 28 state and community colleges in the constitution. The amendment would also require a supermajority vote by university boards of trustees and the state Board of Governors when raising fees for universities, although it excludes tuition increases. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

ARTICLE: Voters will decide the fate of greyhound racing in November

First Coast News

The Constitution Revision Commission has approved eight revisions to be placed on the 2018 General Election ballot, including greyhound racing. If the public votes to end dog racing, it would phase out by Dec. 31, 2020. However, 60 percent of voters would have to approve it for the constitutional amendment to go into effect. The vote comes as a major victory for animal rights activists such as greyhound protection organization GREY2K USA, which found that more than 400 dogs tested positive for drugs such as cocaine, opiates, and other serious drugs over the past decade. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

ARTICLE: Drilling, Vaping Bans Headed To November Ballot


The Florida Constitution Revision Commission held its final vote on proposed amendments Monday, adding several to the November ballot. One such proposal will give voters the chance to ban vaping or use of electronic cigarettes in workplaces and other public areas. Proposal 6004 pairs the new vaping regulations with a ban on offshore drilling under the moniker “clean air, clean water.” The proposal passed unanimously with a vote of 33-3. Amendments on the ballot will need approval from 60 percent of voters to pass. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

ARTICLE: ‘Innovation’ school district proposal rejected


The Constitution Revision Commission has rejected a proposal that would have given “high-performing” school districts the option of applying for the innovation label, which would have freed the districts from some normal laws and regulations. The measure was defeated in a 23-13 vote, far short of the 22 votes necessary to gain a place on the Nov. 6 general-election ballot. The proposal is one of four that were rejected or withdrawn Monday. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

ARTICLE: Repeal of ‘alien land’ law goes on ballot


Voters will have the chance in November to remove a provision in the Florida Constitution intended to prohibit illegal immigrants from owning land. The so-called “alien land” provision became part of the constitution in 1926 and was aimed at blocking Asian farmers from owning or leasing land in Florida. Despite the provision’s lack of enforcement — and criticism that declares it a vestige of Florida’s discriminatory past — voters rejected a similar amendment seeking to remove the language in 2008. The newly proposed amendment contains two other measures, including one that would eliminate obsolete language authorizing a high-speed rail system. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

ARTICLE: Panel rejects closing write-in ‘loophole’


The CRC has rejected a proposal that would have ended what has become known as the write-in “loophole” in primary elections. The heavily debated issue stemmed from a former constitutional amendment that opened primary elections to all voters, regardless of party affiliation, when all of the candidates in races are from the same party. But primaries become closed when write-ins sign up for the races. Critics have long argued that this write-in “loophole” is a ploy for Republican and Democratic operatives to find non-viable candidates who they can use to close primaries. Supporters of the vote claim not to see the loophole nor the need for an amendment. The proposal came in three votes short of being approved for the November ballot. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

ARTICLE: Immigration verification proposal scuttled

By Jim Turner


The Constitution Revision Commission on Monday rejected a proposal that would have required businesses to use a system similar to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Employment Authorization Program, known as E-Verify, to determine immigration-related eligibility of employees. The proposal, rejected in a 24-12 vote, drew heavy opposition from agriculture, tourism and construction interests. Supporters of the vote argue that the issue should be handled in the Legislature, but others believe powerful special interests tied to agriculture and construction will keep the Legislature from advancing similar proposals as they have in the past. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

ARTICLE: Panel tees up proposed changes to constitution

Florida Politics

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission is heading to the finish line, with a dozen ballot proposals up for final votes next week. After months of committee hearings, public hearings across the state and preliminary debate and floor votes, the commission is ready for a series of final decisions on the proposed ballot issues. The commission will meet Monday in the Capitol and could continue meeting throughout the week. The 12 remaining ballot proposals contain several changes to state constitution, as some measures contain multiple issues. The proposals must be supported by at least 22 CRC members in the final vote to be placed on the ballot. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]