Florida 2014 ballot measures
A total of 20 initiatives were filed for potential spots on the 2014 ballot in Florida. However, many of these were repeat filings of nearly identical initiatives. Initiative sponsors sometimes file multiple versions of the same measure in order to increase the likelihood of it landing on the ballot. Of the measures set to appear on the ballot, two are initiated constitutional amendments, and one is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. Supporters were required to collect at least 683,149 valid signatures and submit them by the February 1, 2014, filing deadline in order to place them on the ballot. Five additional legislatively-referred constitutional amendments were proposed but did not make the ballot.
The 2014 legislative session began on March 3 and ended on May 2, 2014. The Florida Legislature can put a proposed amendment on the ballot upon a sixty percent majority vote in both the legislative chambers via a joint resolution.
Topics that will appear on the ballot include:
- Since 1988, an average of eight measures have appeared annually on the ballot in Florida. Therefore, 2014 is a below-average year based on the number of certified measures.
- From 1988 to 2013, the number of measures on a statewide ballot has ranged from three to 13.
- Since 1988, 80 of 102, or 78 percent, of Florida ballot measures have been approved by voters.
- Conversely, 22 of 102, or 22 percent, of measures have been defeated.
- In 2006, a measure was approved that increased the number of votes required to approve a proposed constitutional amendment to 60 percent. Since 2008, two measures were approved by simple majority, but failed to meet the supermajority requirement and thus were defeated.
On the ballot
- See also: 2014 ballot measures
|Amendment 1||Environment||Provides funding for the Land Acquisition Trust Fund|
|Amendment 2||Marijuana||Grants the right to use marijuana for the treatment of certain ailments when recommended by a physician|
|Amendment 3||Judiciary||Allows the governor to fill judicial vacancies by appointing a justice or judge from a slate of nominees|
Not on the ballot
|Same-Sex Marriage Amendment||Marriage||Defines marriage as a union of two persons|
|Legislative Referral Limit Amendment||Direct democracy||Limits the number of legislative referrals to three per election|
|Renewable Energy Tax Exemption Amendment||Taxes||Revises the legislature’s ability to exempt the value of renewable energy source devices from consideration in determining the assessed value of real property|
|Lieutenant Government as Executive Department Head Amendment||State executive official||Requires the governor to assign the lieutenant governor as the head of any one executive department or agency|
|Municipal Property Tax Exemption Amendment||Taxes||Permits the legislature to exempt from taxation any property owned by a municipality|
|Legislative Term Lengths and Limits Amendment||Terms||Increases the term lengths and limits for state senators and representatives|
- Initiatives in progress in Florida
- Florida Division of Elections
- Florida State Senate
- Florida House of Representatives
State of Florida
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Chief Financial Officer | Commissioner of Education | Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services | Commissioner of Insurance Regulation | Secretary of Environmental Protection | Director of Economic Opportunity | Chair of Public Service Commission |