So many amendments, so little time: A quick run-down of 11 amendments on the ballot

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 17:29 PM.

Below is a brief explanation of each of the 11 amendments, as well as the position taken by WCTA.

Voting yes on Amendment 1, aka Florida Healthcare Amendment, is voting againstlaws or rules that would compel an individual or an employer to purchase, obtain, or provide health care coverage. WCTA supports.

If passed, Amendment 2 would give property tax discounts to Florida residents who are disabled veterans, whether they were living in Florida prior to 2010 or not. WCTA supports.

A yes on Amendment 3would increase revenue limits based on inflation and population change. Funds in excess of the limit would go into a separate pot. Once that reaches 10 percent of the prior year's total budget, the state legislature would vote to provide tax relief or reduce property taxes. WCTA supports.

The assessed value of a homesteaded house would remain static, or be capped at a certain amount, if its fair market value decreases if Amendment 4 passes. Non-homestead or commercial property would have assessment increases capped at 5 percent annually. WCTA supports.

Amendment 5, aka Florida Supreme Court Amendment, would revise provisions of repeal of court rules, limits re-adoption of repealed court rule, and stipulates that all appointments to the Florida Supreme Court be confirmed by the Senate. The legislation would also grant the House access to investigative files of the Judicial Qualifications Commission. WCTA takes no position.

If Amendment 6 passes, it would block the use of public funds to help pay for an abortion unless it is required by the guidelines of federal law or the mother’s life is in danger. WCTA takes no position.



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