Constitutional Amendments: 9, 12 & 13

Many Proposals Can Be Achieved By The Florida Legislature

A baker’s dozen –13 – that’s how many different proposals will appear on Florida’s general election ballot in November.

Already, Florida’s Constitution has been amended more than 120 times, while the U.S. Constitution has been amended only 27. As the Florida Times Union recently said, voters should prepare for confusing amendments this fall.

Let’s take a close look at Amendments 9, 12 and 13 – three proposals which can be accomplished through Florida’s legislative process.

  • Amendment 9: Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces
  •  Amendment 12: Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers
  •  Amendment 13: Ends Dog Racing

Each of these amendments was sponsored by the Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC). The CRC is unique to Florida and the only one in the Union. It exists outside the three branches of government. It meets every 20 years, and is a group of 37 commissioners who examine the relevance and applicability of Florida’s Constitution to current and future needs.

The CRC chose to “bundle” multiple policy issues into a given proposal. Amendments 9 and 12, are two good examples where varying policy issues were combined. If voters pass Amendment 9, they will both ban offshore drilling and indoor workplace vaping.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce opposes proposals 9, 12, and 13 because each issue and each proposal can be achieved through the legislative process, instead of permanently placing it in Florida’s Constitution. Learn more by visiting the Florida Chamber’s Election Center.