CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT
As of April 22, 2018, there will be thirteen amendments on the November 2018 ballot. The Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) has referred eight constitutional amendments for the ballot. In addition, two ballot initiatives and three legislative referrals were certified for the ballot come November.
The Constitution Revision Commission met as a full body for the last time in Tallahassee to vote on those proposals which will go on the November ballot. The full CRC approved eight previsions. Of importance to local goverments, Proposal 6005 and Proposal 6007 passed and will be on the November ballot.
As a reminder, a part of Proposal 6005 would eliminate the constitutional right of local citizens to govern their sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, and the management of county finances. In a section of Proposal 6007, there would be a six-year lobbying ban on former state
elected officials, state agency heads and local elected officials.
Proposals that are placed on the November ballot will need support from 60% of voters in order to become law.
The following eight proposal will be on the November ballot:
ADDITIONAL BALLOT MEASURES
There are multiple ways to get a measure on the ballot in addition to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). Other methods include a citizen initiative or through the Legislature.
Florida allows citizens to initiate constitutional amendments. In order for a measure to be put on the 2018 ballot, it must recieve at least 766,200 valid signatures and be verified before February 1, 2018.
The 2017 state legislative session ran from March 7, 2017, through May 5, 2017, during which time the Florida State Legislature was able to place constitutional amendments on the ballot. The 2018 state legislative session ran from January 9, 2018, through March 9, 2018. The legislature can put a proposed amendment on the ballot upon a 60 percent super-majority vote in both legislative chambers via a joint resolution. Constitutional amendments, be they legislatively referred or initiated, must be approved by at least 60 percent of the electorate.
Three legislative referrals were certified for the ballot: (1) the Permanent Cap on Non-homestead Parcel Assessment Increases Amendment, (2) the Homestead Exemption Increase Amendment, and the (3) Two-Thirds Vote of Legislature to Increase Taxes or Fees Amendment.
There are two ballot initiatives that were certified for the ballot. They are: (1) the Voter Approval of Casino Gambling Initiative and (2) the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative.