Florida Constitutional Amendments

Florida Constitutional Amendments

Note- To pass an amendment needs 60% of the vote

Number 1
Declaration of Rights
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to delete provisions authorizing the Legislature to regulate or prohibit the ownership,
inheritance, disposition, and possession of real property by aliens ineligible for citizenship.

Yes 3,397,599 47.9%
No 3,697,346 52.1%

Number 2
Florida Marriage Protection Amendment
This amendment protects marriage as the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife and provides that no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid of recognized. The direct financial impact this amendment will have on state and local government revenues and expenditures cannot be determined, but is expected to be minor.

Yes 4,679,896 62.1%
No 2,857,187 37.9%

Number 3
Changes and Improvements Not Affecting the Assessed Value of Residential Real Property

Authorizes the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit consideration of changes or improvements to residential real property which increase resistance to wind damage and installation of renewable energy source devices as factors in assessing the property's value for ad valorem taxation purposes. Effective upon adoption, repeals the existing renewable energy source device exemption no longer in effect.

Yes 4,144,825 60.4%
No 2,716,536 39.6%

Number 4
Property Tax Exemption of Perpetually Conserved Land; Classification and Assessment of Land Used for Conservation

Requires Legislature to provide a property tax exemption for real property encumbered by perpetual conservation easements or other perpetual conservation protections, defined by general law. Requires Legislature to provide for classification and assessment of land used for conservation purposes, and not perpetually encumbered, solely on the basis of character or use. Subjects assessment benefit to conditions, limitations, and reasonable definitions established by general law. Applies to property taxes beginning in 2010.

Yes 4,640,963 68.4%
No 2,142,536 31.6%

Number 6
Assessment of Working Waterfront Property Based Upon Current Use

Provides for assessment based upon use of land used predominantly for commercial fishing purposes; land used for vessel launches into waters that are navigable and accessible to the public; marinas and drystacks that are open to the public; and water-dependent marine manufacturing facilities, commercial fishing facilities, and marine vessel construction and repair facilities and their support activities, subject to conditions, limitations, and reasonable definitions specified by general law.

Yes 4,745,577 70.5%
No 1,985,048 29.5%

Number 8
Local Option Community College Funding

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to require that the Legislature authorize counties to levy a local option sales tax to supplement community college funding; requiring voter approval to levy the tax; providing that approved taxes will sunset after 5 years and may be reauthorized by the voters.

Yes 3,059,819 43.5%
No 3,974,471 56.5%

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2008 at 11:29 AM
    amendments can not be written in plain english because it would leave open the chance for people to add in things once they have passed. they must be written in very specific legalistic terms so that they are 100% clear in what the amendment does.
  • by dale Location: tally on Nov 6, 2008 at 10:38 AM
    it is surely a paradox that the same year we elect this country's first racially mixed president, we also decide to write prejudice and hatred into our constitution. we all know that of the 63% who voted to show how much they hate homosexuals, a huge percentage of them are divorced and have no actual regard for the "sanctity of marriage." my only hope is that this paradox will highlight the shear unchristian hatred that is being thrown at a huge portion of our citizens, and the nation will look at what we have accomplished in civil rights and turn our attention now fully on this new segment of our society that is being asked to sit in the back of the bus and use a separate water fountain. my sister is married to her partner and has held that marriage sacred for over 20 years. her marriage is more real than any hateful state constitution can put asunder. it is time to take to the streets again just like in the 50s and 60s.
  • by Jinney Location: Tally on Nov 6, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    To White 33 Year Old Woman - I truly believe they (Christians) have forgotten the God they say they serve.
  • by Judy Location: Live Oak on Nov 6, 2008 at 06:07 AM
    I would like to see the results of the Judicial race in Florida
  • by Choices Location: Florida on Nov 6, 2008 at 05:41 AM
    I think the amendments were a waste of time. Everybody knows that marriage is between a man and a women. Voters are trying to tell people how to live their lives and one day we will be judge by the work we have done while living on earth. God tells us to let the weeds and tares grow together and he will do the separating. Now man has decided they are going to take the job. It does not matter if two people of the same physical look get together, it is what in their hearts. Maybe same sex people should get married, then there will less divorces, spousal abuse and killings in marriages. Once again Florida has shown the country that the people in the state does not recognize who is suppose to be married.
  • by some good news on Nov 5, 2008 at 10:44 PM
    i'm glad number two passed because now ellen degenerate, melissa ethridge and the rest of these hollywood libs will stay the heck out of florida.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2008 at 06:21 PM
    How in the world did Amendment 1 not pass, but Amendment 2 did??
  • by peggy Location: bay co on Nov 5, 2008 at 01:07 PM
    If people voted yes on #2 because of what is stated in the bible: The supreme court will have it next to decide Freedom of religion. What is going to happen to same sex room mates( no sex) or not married opposite sex room mates. Common law marriage needs to be on the admendments.
  • by Not Confused but still skeptical Location: Tallahassee, FL on Nov 5, 2008 at 01:01 PM
    Hey Tally! I researched them. I had to SIT DOWN and write them in plain terms too. I have a Bachelor's Degree and I love to read. Still a little hard to read. I think we should propose a bill to put bills on the ballot in PLAIN WRITING. Do it like the newspaper ~ 8th grade reading level!
  • by c Location: fl on Nov 5, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    this is the best website to give this type of info
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