Class size and land use amendments appear rejected by Florida voters
By Bailey Ludlam
- Florida Campaign Finance Requirement Repeal, Amendment 1 - like Amendment 8, the measure failed to collect the necessary 60% vote approval minimum. The measure was estimated to have received 52.59% votes in support. The proposal called for a repeal of the public financing of statewide candidates who agree to spending limits.
- Florida Military Homestead Property Tax Exemption, Amendment 2 - the tax exemption, similar to other states in the country, was overwhelmingly approved - 77.85%. The proposal calls for providing a homestead property tax exemption to members of the United States military or military reserves who receive a homestead exemption and were deployed in the previous year on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii.
- Florida Comprehensive Land Use Plans, Amendment 4 - the highly controversial and debated measure was defeated by voters with 67.07% opposed. The initiative proposed to requiring a taxpayer-funded referendum for all changes to local government comprehensive land-use plans.
- Florida Legislative District Boundaries, Amendment 5 and Florida Congressional District Boundaries, Amendment 6 - are both too close to call at an estimated 60% approval rate now, the bear minimum to be considered approved according to state law. Both measures call for amending the current practice of drawing legislative and congressional district boundaries. They are both initiated constitutional amendment.
- Florida Class Size, Amendment 8 - although it appears to have passed with 54.7%, the measure required 60% approval in order to pass. The measure called for flexibility in the state's current class size laws.
- Florida Federal Budget Advisory Question - appears to have been approved with 71.9% votes in favor. The measure is a nonbinding referendum that asked whether Congress should add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget without raising taxes.