Interesting facts regarding the 2012 Florida Constitutional Amendments

Published On: Sep 17 2012 02:06:02 PM EDT
  • Eleven ballot measures will appear on the 2012 ballot in the state of Florida.

  • All eleven measures are legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

  • The eleven Amendments affect the following areas:

    1—Education Amendment 12
    2—Health care: Amendments 1 and 6
    1—Judicial Reform: Amendment 5
    1—Religion: Amendments 8
    5—Local Taxes: Amendments 2,4,9,10 and 11
    1—State Budget: Amendment 3

  • All eleven amendments affecting the Florida Constitution will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot.
  • A legislatively-referred constitutional amendment is a proposed constitutional amendment that appears on a state's ballot as a ballot measure because the state legislature in that state voted to put it before the voters.
  • A legislatively-referred constitutional amendment is a limited form of direct democracy with comparison to the initiated constitutional amendment. With the initiated constitutional amendment, voters can initiate the amendment and approve it, whereas with the legislatively-referred amendment, they can only approve or reject amendments initiated by their state's legislature.
  • Florida: Section 1 of Article XI, Florida Constitution says that the Florida State Legislature can put a proposed amendment on the ballot if 60% or more of the legislators in each chamber agree to do so in a joint resolution.
  • Florida Amendments need 60% of the vote in order to pass.

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