Constitution May See Changes after General Election; Voters Will Decide Amendments from a Same-Sex Marriage Ban to Property Rights for Immigrants

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Constitution May See Changes after General Election; Voters Will Decide Amendments from a Same-Sex Marriage Ban to Property Rights for Immigrants


AMENDMENT 1

IMMIGRANT PROPERTY RIGHTS

Sponsor: Legislature

Synopsis: Would amend the state constitution to delete provisions to regulate or prohibit ownership and possession of property by aliens ineligible for citizenship. Florida is among a handful of states yet to repeal the so-called "alien land" law, which mostly applied to Asians.

Full text: election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/fulltext/pdf/ 10-69.pdf

AMENDMENT 2

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN

Sponsor: Florida4Marriage.org

Synopsis: Would constitutionally define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Supporters hope this change would keep existing law from being challenged.

Full text: election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/fulltext/pdf/ 41550-1.pdf

AMENDMENT 3

WIND, ENERGY TAX BREAK

Sponsor: Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission

Synopsis: Would keep property assessment from considering home improvements for energy assistance or wind damage prevention for tax purposes.

Full text: election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/fulltext/pdf/ 12-4.pdf

AMENDMENT 4

CONSERVED LAND TAXES

Sponsor: Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission

Synopsis: Would require property tax exemption for property that has perpetual conservation easements or other perpetual protections. …

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