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2018 Issues of Interest

 Last Updated: 10/22/2018


2018 General Election

Early voting locations and times throughout Florida

Below are the 2018 - 2019 Florida House Interim committee session dates.

Organization Session  = November 20th

Interim Committee Weeks:

  • December 11 - 13, 2018
  • January 7 - 11, 2019
  • January 22 - 25, 2019
  • February  4 - 8, 2019
  • February  11 - 15, 2019
  • February 18 - 22, 2019

Here is a website that gives pretty comprehensive information about the people that will be on YOUR ballot.  https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_elections,_2018

You just have to enter your address and it will give you your ballot and from there you can see each race and click on the candidate to get more detail information if it is available.

Below is a good (what Scribe believes to be unbiased) guide to the 2018 Florida Amendments.

ABATE of Florida, Inc. has no official stance on any of the amendments.

We just want our members to be educated and informed about the proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. 

Some of these will affect us all, while some will only affect a few of us. Yet it is still very important to get this information to your Chapter members so that they can be informed.

Our members need to be informed because going into the voting booth without prior knowledge will be extremely confusing.

If you have any questions, please contact Scribe



13 Proposed Statewide Amendments and what they mean

November 6, 2018 Election

This section will be updated as new information is received

Amendment 1: Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption
What it means: Would increase the portion of a home’s value that’s exempted from non-school property taxes. The changes would apply to the value of a home between $100,000 and $125,000 with the maximum exemption climbing to $75,000.

Click HERE for more information

Amendment 2: Permanent Cap on Non-homestead Parcel Assessment Increases
What it means: Would limit increases to assessment rates to 10-percent per year. Secures an existing cap on non-homestead property assessments.

Click HERE for more information

Amendment 3: Voter Approval for Casino Gambling
What it means: Would provide voters with the “exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling” and expansions in the state. Both the state legislature and the voters currently have the authority to authorize casino gambling through constitutional amendment.

Click HERE for more information

Amendment 4: Restorage of Voting Rights for Individuals with Felony Convictions
What it means: Would restore the right to vote for more people with prior felony convictions upon completion of their sentences. It would exclude those convicted of murder and felony sexual offenses.

Click HERE for more information

Amendment 5: Increase to Two-Thirds Vote Majority in Legislature to Increase Taxes
What it means: Would increase the majority needed in the state Legislature to two-thirds to impose, approve or raise taxes. It would also mean it would take only a third of members in either the House or Senate to block tax increases or repeal exemptions.

Click HERE for more information

Amendment 6: Rights of Crime Victims, Increase Judge Retirement Age, and Interpreting Statutes
What it means: Would add a list of rights for crime victims, known as a Marsy’s Law. The other two aspects of this measure would increase the retirement age for judges to 75 and would prohibit judges from deferring to administrative agencies’ interpretations of a law when ruling in cases.

Click HERE for more information

Amendment 7: First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits, and Public Colleges and Universities
What it means: Would require employers to provide benefits to surviving spouses of first responders if they die on duty, and it would require the state to provide benefits to surviving spouses of active-duty military members who are killed. The last parts of the measure would require university trustees to agree by a third-thirds super-majority to raise college fees and establish the state college system in the state Constitution. Universities are currently in the Constitution, but state colleges (community colleges) are not.

Click HERE for more information

Amendment 8: School Board Term Limits and Duties, Control of Certain Public Schools by the State, and Civic Literacy in Public Education
What it means: Creates a consecutive eight-year term limit for school board members, allows state governments to control public schools not established by the school board and requires the Legislature to promote civic literacy in public education.

NOTE: Amendment 8 removed from Florida ballot by court ruling.

Click HERE for more information

Amendment 9: Prohibition of Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Prohibition of Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces
What it means: It would ban offshore drilling for oil and natural gas on all lands beneath state waters. The measure also bans the use of vapor-generating electronic devices, including electronic cigarettes, in indoor workplaces.

Click HERE for more information

Amendment 10: State and Local Government Structure and Operation

What it means: Would add a state Department of Veterans Affairs and create a state office of Domestic Security and Counter-terrorism. The measure would also require the Legislature session to start in January rather than March in even-numbered years. Lastly, the measure includes a proposal that would require five county-level offices to be elected statewide: sheriffs, tax collectors, property appraisers, supervisors of elections and clerks of circuit court. Many counties already elect these positions.

Click HERE for more information

Amendment 11: Repeal of Prohibition of Foreign-Born Persons Owning Property, Removal of Obsolete High-Speed Rail Provision, and Revision of the Effect of a Repeal of a Criminal Statute
What it means: Would do away with the prohibition against foreign-born persons from owning, inheriting, disposing or possessing property. The measure removes a provision that stated a high-speed rail system be developed in Florida and revises a provision on criminal prosecution so that it’s clear that repealing a criminal statute does not retroactively affect the prosecution of a previously-committed crime.

Click HERE for more information

Amendment 12: Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers
What it means: Expands restrictions on lobbying for compensation by former public officers, creates restrictions on lobbying by current public officers and prohibits certain abuse of public office for personal benefit.

Click HERE for more information

Amendment 13: Ban on Racing and Betting on Dog Racing
What it means: The measure would prohibit the racing of and betting on greyhounds and other dogs after a specified date.

Click HERE for more information



July 19, 2018




August 6, 2018: Lawmakers Polled on "Stand Your Ground" Session

July 25, 2018: Appeals Court Weighs Restoration of Felons' Rights

July 20, 2018: Restoring the voting rights of felons has long been a flashpoint in Florida politics

July 17, 2018: Judge Dismisses Class Action on Red Light Cameras

June 16, 2018: Poll Points to Trouble for Many Ballot Proposals

June 06, 2018: Supreme Court Ponders Question of Cars as Weapons

May 31, 2018: Court Sets Date for Felon's Rights Arguments






As of 6/16/09

Governor Crist has signed the reversal of the "Horizontal Tag" Bill that previously restricted vertical license plates on motorcycles.  THE UNLAWFUL SPEEDING VIOLATIONS ARE STILL PRESENT IN THE LAW, AND THERE ARE NOW ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS TO HAVE A VERTICAL TAG ON A MOTORCYCLE/MOPED.

CS/CS/SB 1100 Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles [CPSC]: The Bill that removes the "horizontal" wording of the motorcycle tag was signed by Officers and presented to Governor on 06/08/09 .

Here is the wording of this bill as it relates to motorcycles:
"Section 4. Subsection (3) of section 316.2085, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
316.2085 Riding on motorcycles or mopeds.
The license tag of a motorcycle or moped must be permanently affixed to the vehicle and may not be adjusted or capable of being flipped up. No device for or method of concealing or obscuring the legibility of the license tag of a motorcycle shall be installed or used."

Click HERE for the same information presented by the Florida Dept. of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (4th item down, F.S.S. 316.2085(3)).

Click HERE for the 2010 Florida State Statutes regarding Horizontal/Vertical Tags in Florida.  This language defines the new requirements.

There is still language needing cleaning up regarding this issue and the related fines, and we are working with the Florida Legislature to have the language reflect the actual intent of their wording.