Constitutional Amendments are often the hardest documents to understand when they are on a ballot. On November 6, 2012 Florida will have 11 Constitutional Amendments that will be voted on. The Santa Rosa Tea Party Patriots in partnership with The Florida Panhandle Patriots have worked together to research these amendments and that research is now available on this webpage.
Each amendment is presented in its entirety, and links have been provided for further research as some information was too lengthy to post. You will find articles that have been compiled from many resources including the web. In an attempt to give a balanced prospective there are documents of support and opposition. This information is for educational purposes only so that you have the opportunity to make an educated choice in November. It is our hopes that you will take advantage of this tool.
We are grateful to our researchers, Ron Webster, Cindy and Kim from The Florida Panhandle Patriots and Al Lyster from the Santa Rosa Tea Party Patriots who spent many hours researching each amendment.
Click on FULL SUMMARY to open the complete text, explanation, pros and cons, pertinent articles, as well as who supports and who opposes the amendment.
Recommendations of the voting membership of the
FL Panhandle Patriots:
Amendments 1 & 6: YES
Amendments 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: NO
Amendment 7 has been removed from the ballot!
Amendment # 8 - CS/HJR 1471 - Religious Freedom
EXPLANATION: Proposes an amendment to remove a prohibition on revenues from public treasury being used to aid any church, sect or religious denomination in aid of a sectarian institution. This would insure that no individual/entity can be denied any government benefit, funding or support based on religious identity or belief.
Amendment # 9 - CS/HJR 93 - Florida Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses
EXPLANATION: If enacted this amendment would authorize the legislature to totally or partially exempt surviving spouses of military veterans or first responders who died in the line of duty from paying property taxes. It creates a new homestead exemption for surviving spouses of the military and first responders killed in the line of duty. Exemption can be granted for the full value of the home. Expected revenue loss to local governments is $0.6 million starting in 13-14.
Amendment #10 - CS/HJR 1003 - Florida Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption
EXPLANATION: If enacted this amendment would provide an exemption from ad valorem taxes levied by local governments on tangible personal property that's value is greater than $25,000 but less than $50,000. It doubles the current exemption on tangible personal property taxes to $50,000. This could impact your business if you have tangible personal property like machinery of between $25,000 and $50,000. Expected revenue loss to local governments is $20.1 million beginning in 13-14.
Amendment #11 - CS/HJR 169 – Additional Homestead Tax Exemption for Seniors
EXPLANATION: If enacted this amendment would enable the state legislature to authorize counties and municipalities to offer additional tax exemptions on the homes of low-income seniors. It will also provide an additional exemption to low-income seniors if counties and municipalities choose to offer it. There are a number of eligibility requirements and 100% of taxes owed can be exempted. Expected revenue loss to local governments is $9.1 million in 14-15.
Amendment # 12 - CS/HJR 931 – Board of Governors/Student Member of Board of Governors
EXPLANATION: If enacted this amendment would replace the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents as the student member of the Board of Governors of the State University System. The amendment also requires that the Board of Governors create a council of state university student body presidents.