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WUSF TV/DT Presents: The Amendments 2008: A Florida Matters Special Edition
The Amendments 2008: A Florida Matters Special Edition
Once again, Floridians are facing changes in the state's constitution. This Florida Matters Election Special offers citizens helpful analysis of amendment language and explains how voting "yes" or "no" may affect the political makeup of Florida.

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Constitution
The Amendments 2008

Florida voters once again face a bevy of constitutional amendments on the ballot next month. The six proposals address everything from the definition of marriage and property tax exemptions to allowing local option taxes for community colleges. Each amendment has a 75-word summary printed on the ballot to help voters understand their choices. This week on Florida Matters - and in conjunction with a Florida Matters speical on WUSF TV/DT - we'll tackle the amendments and break them down so you can make an educated choice when you vote.

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Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7

Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

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Official Ballot Summary:

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to delete provisions authorizing the Legislature to regulate or prohibit the ownership, inheritance, disposition, and possession of real property by aliens ineligible for citizenship.


Official Ballot Summary:

This amendment protects marriage as the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife and provides that no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.

 

Official Ballot Summary:

Authorizes the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit consideration of changes or improvements to residential real property which increase resistance to wind damage and installation of renewable energy source devices as factors in assessing the property's value for ad valorem taxation purposes. Effective upon adoption, repeals the existing renewable energy source device exemption no longer in effect.


Official Ballot Summary:

Requires Legislature to provide a property tax exemption for real property encumbered by perpetual conservation easements or other perpetual conservation protections, defined by general law. Requires Legislature to provide for classification and assessment of land used for conservation purposes, and not perpetually encumbered, solely on the basis of character or use. Subjects assessment benefit to conditions, limitations, and reasonable definitions established by general law. Applies to property taxes beginning in 2010.

 

This segment discusses the implications of Amendment 5, which was removed from the ballot.

Note: Amendments 5, 7 & 9 were removed from the ballot by the Florida Supreme Court.


Official Ballot Summary:

Provides for assessment based upon use of land used predominantly for commercial fishing purposes; land used for vessel launches into waters that are navigable and accesible to the public; marinas and drystacks that are open to the public; and water-dependent marine manufacturing facilities, commercial fishing facilities, and marine vessel construction and repair facilities and their support activities, subject to conditions, limitations, and reasonable definitions specified by general law.

 

Official Ballot Summary:

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to require that the Legislature authorize counties to levy a local option sales tax to supplement community college funding; requiring voter approval to levy the tax; providing that approved taxes will sunset after 5 years and may be reauthorized by the voters.


A wrap-up of the amendments offered on this year's constitutional ballot.

 

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