Florida petition drive deadline arrives

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February 1, 2012

Florida

By Eric Veram

Florida: Today marks the final day petition signatures can be submitted to the Florida Secretary of State's office, by the end of business hours, if the petition is to have any chance of appearing on a 2012 Florida ballot.

According to the Florida Division of Elections website there are 33 active petitions that may appear on a ballot this year. In order for any of these measures to be listed on a statewide ballot, 676,811 valid signatures must be submitted. Any measure that meets this requirement and, barring any form of disqualification, makes it to the ballot will then require a supermajority, equal to 60% or more of the vote, in order to be passed.

See here to see which measures have qualified so far. Be sure to check back with us at the end of today and tomorrow for updates on which measures filed today!

The following chart lists the currently active petitions in the state:

Type Title Subject Description
CICA Renewable Energy Amendment Energy Mandates that 20% of energy sold by an electric utility shall be derived from renewable sources by the end of 2020.
CICA Child Protection Amendment (3) Law Establishes terms of release for convicted child abusers, compiles list of suspected and convicted child sex offenders and requires background checks for all child care workers.
CICA Trust in Government Amendment Government Establishes a fourth branch of state government, the political branch, which will work to establish and ensure duty and accountability in state and local governments.
CICA Right to Direct Democracy Amendment Direct democracy Allows for the public to propose and vote on state statutes.
CICA Right to Healthcare Amendment (3) Healthcare Mandates that the legislature shall establish a single-payer health care system that all citizen are entitled to.
CICA Billboard Amendment Environment Increases restrictions on billboards and makes them easier to remove.
CICA Corporate Welfare Amendment Taxes Prohibits tax reductions being granted to businesses, as well as, restricts situations in which tax revenue might be transferred to businesses.
CICA Judicial Conference Amendment Judiciary Would create a "judicial conference" with the responsibility of creating rules of practice and procedure in the courts.
CICA Government Accountability Amendment Government Would give the Legislative branch power over all other branches of government, but make it subject to the Florida Commission on Ethics.
CICA Growth Management Initiative Democracy Allows the public to call for voter approval of changes to local growth management plans made by the Legislature.
CICA Medicaid Care Equality Amendment Healthcare Mandates that Florida Healthcare Providers accept and treat all patients with Medicaid, Medipass, and approved Medicaid Substitution Programs equally to all other forms of insured patients.
CICA Marriage Amendment Marriage Overturns the 2008 Amendment to the State Constitution which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
CICA Genetically Engineered Food Label Amendment Business Mandates that all foods that are Genetically Engineered and sold or distributed in or from Florida be labelled as such.
CICA Ad Valorem Tax Cap Amendment Taxes Limits the power of local government to raise revenue from the ad valorem taxes.
CICA Stem Cell Research Amendment Stem cells Prohibits state tax revenue from being spent on experimentation that involves the destruction of a live human embryo.
CICA Tax Approval Amendment Taxes Mandates that anticipated ad valorem tax revenue increases in excess of three per cent over the previous year require referendum approval.
CICA School Governance Amendment (2) Education Replaces district school board with parental governing councils which have authority to organize schools and determine school tax rates.
CICA Right to Intimacy Amendment (2) Intimacy Mandates that no sexually intimate act between consenting adults will be prohibited or discriminated against. Also, allows legal partnerships to take place between unmarried consenting adults.
CICA Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative Marijuana Grants the right to use marijuana for the treatment of certain ailments when recommended by a physician.
CICA Bill of Rights Amendment Rights Adds a set of general rights to the Florida Bill of Rights.
CICA "Save Our Schools" Amendment Education Protects the Florida Lottery’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund from being misused buy the state.
CICA "Fair Wage and Benefits" Amendment Minimum wage Establishes many different gradients of prevailing minimum wages based of the federal General Schedule Standard for Each Category of Employment Field.
CICA Personhood Amendment Abortion Applies the term 'person' to every human being from the beginning of biological development.
CICA Oil Drilling Initiative Natural resources Makes an offshore drilling ban part of the Florida Constitution.

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