Sunday, October 10, 2010

Summary of Amendments on Florida Ballots

Amendment 1, Repeal of Public Campaign Finance Requirement

  • Sponsor: Florida Legislature
  • Summary: Proposing the repeal of the provision in the state constitution that requires public financing of campaigns of candidates for elective statewide office who agree to campaign spending limits.

Amendment 2, Homestead ad Valorem Tax Credit for Deployed Military Personnel

  • Sponsor: Florida Legislature
  • Summary: Proposing to add to the constitution an additional homestead exemption for military members who were deployed during the previous year.

Amendment 4, Referenda Required for Adoption and Amendment of Local Government Comprehensive Land Use Plans

  • Sponsor: Florida Hometown Democracy, Inc. PAC
  • Summary: Proposes to add to the constitution a requirement that any changes to a local government's land use plan be approved by the voters. Currently, changes are approved by the local government.

Amendment 5, Standards for Legislature to Follow in Legislative Redistricting

  • Sponsor:
  • Summary: Unless otherwise required, districts must be compact, as equal in population as feasible, and where feasible must make use of existing city, county and geographical boundaries. The proposal aims to eliminate any district preferences for or against a political party or incumbent.

Amendment 6, Standards for Legislature to Follow in Congressional Redistricting

  • Sponsor:
  • Summary: It's the same as Amendment 5, but aimed at congressional representation rather than state legislator representation.

Amendment 8, Revision of the Class Size Requirements for Florida Public Schools

  • Sponsor: Florida Legislature
  • Summary: The proposal increases the maximum number of students allowed in each public classroom.

Complete amendment information is available on the state Division of Elections website.

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