Constitutional Amendments That Are Good For Florida

Floridians will be asked to determine the fate of 13 different proposals on the November general election ballot.

Amendments 9, 12 and 13, according to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, can be accomplished through the legislative process. With that in mind, the Florida Chamber doesn’t believe Florida’s Constitution should permanently be changed to address these three.

However, there are four amendments on the ballot that require voter support to help ensure Florida keeps moving in the right direction.

  • Amendment 2: Limitations on Property Tax Assessments
  • Amendment 3: Voter Control of Gambling in Florida
  • Amendment 5: Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees
  • Amendment 11: Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes

Amendment 2 – A family friendly amendment that will protect Floridians by keeping a 10 percent cap on certain annual property tax increases. Amendment 2 is a common-sense tax structure that helps the economy thrive. This amendment will only help incentivize families to make Florida their home, and continue making Florida more competitive.

Amendment 3 – Puts the control of gambling with voters – not Tallahassee politicians and gambling lobbyists. This amendment does not ban casino gambling, it only gives the control of gambling back to Floridians. 

Amendment 5 –Raises the threshold for increasing taxes on families. If the Florida Legislature were to enact new taxes or fees, it would require each chamber to pass the bill with a two-thirds vote. Currently, all that is required for the legislature to enact a new tax is a simply majority vote.

Amendment 11 – Eliminates unnecessary language in the state constitution related to “aliens ineligible for citizenship,” rail transportation and criminal statutes.

In total these amendments will not only help make Florida more competitive, but they will help the rising generation get ahead and achieve their own American dream, right here in Florida.