Interesting facts about the 2012 Florida constitutional amendments

Published On: Oct 06 2012 10:07:13 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 percent or more of the legislators in each chamber agree to do so in a joint resolution.
  • Florida amendments need 60 percent of the vote in order to pass.

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