Florida 2014 ballot measures

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Three statewide ballot measures were on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Florida. Two were defeated and one was approved.

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 that appeared on the ballot, two were initiated constitutional amendments, and one was 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:

Historical facts

  • From 1988 to 2013, an average of eight measures have appeared annually on the ballot in Florida. Therefore, 2014 was a below-average year based on the number of certified measures.
  • Between 1988 to 2014, the number of measures on a statewide ballot has ranged from three to 13.
  • From 1988 to 2014, 81 of 105, or 77 percent, of Florida ballot measures have been approved by voters.
  • Conversely, 24 of 105, or 23 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. Between 2008 and 2014, three 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

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Amendment 1 Environment Provides funding for the Land Acquisition Trust Fund Approveda
CICA Amendment 2 Marijuana Grants the right to use marijuana for the treatment of certain ailments when recommended by a physician Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 3 Judiciary Allows the governor to fill judicial vacancies by appointing a justice or judge from a slate of nominees Defeatedd

Not on the ballot

See also: Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Same-Sex Marriage Amendment Marriage Defines marriage as a union of two persons Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Legislative Referral Limit Amendment Direct democracy Limits the number of legislative referrals to three per election Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA 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 Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA 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 Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Municipal Property Tax Exemption Amendment Taxes Permits the legislature to exempt from taxation any property owned by a municipality Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Legislative Term Lengths and Limits Amendment Terms Increases the term lengths and limits for state senators and representatives Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

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