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In Novel Argument, Constitutional Amendment Spurs Call for Stay of Execution

| December 11, 2018

The arguments center on part of Amendment 11, which was approved by 62 percent of voters and which changed a more than century-old provision dealing with how revisions in criminal laws should be applied to older crimes.

Supervisors of Election Seek Answer on Amendment Restoring Felons’ Right to Vote

| December 4, 2018

Florida officials don’t have a plan for how to carry out a constitutional amendment that restores the right to vote to more than a million Floridians convicted of felonies.

It Won’t Be Like Medical Pot: Senate President Pledges Not to ‘Slow-Walk’ Amendments

| November 20, 2018

Galvano said of amendments from restoring felon rights to limiting gambling that the “people have spoken,” and “I want to make sure we are being true to the intent of the voters.”

Hansen, Mullins Win County Commission, Howell and Branquinho Win Palm Coast, McDonald Re-Elected to School Board

| November 7, 2018

The races for Flagler County Commission and Palm Coast council were not close in a mid-term election that saw turnout rise to an astounding 64 percent.

Amendments: Felons Will Get Voting Rights, Dogs Won’t Race Anymore, Homestead Expansion Fails

| November 7, 2018

More than 64 percent of Florida voters had cast ballots for Amendment 4, which is designed to restore voting rights to an estimated 1.4 million felons who have completed their sentences.

Restoring Felons’ Right to Vote:
Why I’m Voting Yes on Amendment 4

| November 2, 2018

In 46 other states, the right is restored either immediately or on completion of probation. Florida stands out for harshness, accounting for a quarter of America’s disenfranchised.

Amendment 13: ‘Humane Treatment of Animals’ Would End Dog Racing in Florida

| October 31, 2018

Florida is one of a handful of places in the country with dog racing, and passage of the amendment would be a serious blow for an industry that has been in the state for decades.

Amendments 1, 2 and 5: Taking Aim at Taxes Through Homestead Exemption, a Cap and Supermajorities

| October 28, 2018

Three proposals on the November ballot that would make tax-related changes to the state Constitution have drawn conflicting views from the real-estate industry, local governments and other groups about the measures’ potential economic impacts.

Amendment 9: What Has Vaping Got To Do With Offshore Oil Drilling?

| October 24, 2018

Rather than allowing the vaping ban to stand on its own, the revision commission coupled it with a proposed ban on offshore oil drilling in Florida waters, describing the combination as an environmental amendment.

Amendment 3: Not As Clear-Cut As ‘Voter Control of Gambling in Florida’

| October 22, 2018

Amendment 3, placed on the ballot by a political committee largely backed by Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, would give voters the “exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling” in the state.

Bitter Clash Over Charter Schools Behind Supreme Court Decision To Kill ‘Defective’ Ballot Measure

| October 17, 2018

The proposed constitutional amendment could have opened a new avenue for the establishment of charter schools outside the control of county school boards.

‘Marsy’s Law’ Protections for Crime Victims Sound Great, but Could Cause Problems

| October 13, 2018

Giving crime victims constitutional rights equal to those of defendants sets up a clash over the accused person’s Sixth Amendment right to due process and the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Amendment 4: With 1.4 Million Florida Felons Banned from Voting, Voters Will Decide On Restoring Right

| October 12, 2018

Amendment 4 would automatically restore the right to vote for felons who have completed their sentences, paid restitution and fulfilled probation. Murderers and sex offenders would be excluded.

Justices Weigh Loading Charter Schools, Term Limits and Civics on One Amendment

| September 6, 2018

Justices are only supposed to determine whether the ballot title and summary would provide an accurate description of the proposed constitutional amendment to voters.

Judge Boots Victim’s Rights’ Proposal Known as “Marsy’s Law” Off the Ballot, Citing Deceit

| August 27, 2018

A judge found fault with what was left out of the ballot title and summary, and that the proposal would not explain to voters how it would affect the rights of people accused of crimes.

Judge Will Decide Whether to Remove Victim’s Rights Proposal From November Ballot

| August 24, 2018

Lawyers opposing the measure known as Marsy’s Law say it restricts the constitutional rights of those accused of crimes while misleading voters about its intent.

Supreme Court Asked To Block 6 Constitutional Amendments That Combine Multiple Issues

| August 14, 2018

The plaintiffs include a former Supreme Court Justice and take aim at proposed amendments that the Florida Constitution Revision Commission placed on the November ballot.

Judge Throws Dog Racing Ban Off November Ballot, Calling It “Outright Trickeration”

| August 2, 2018

“Contrary to the words presented for consideration by the voters, the amendment would not end dog racing, nor would it eliminate wagering on dog racing,” the judge wrote.

Dog Racing Ban, On November Ballot, Gets a Boost From Doris Day

| July 30, 2018

The Doris Day Animal League made a $1.5 million contribution to the Committee to Protect Dogs, backing Amendment 13, which appears on Florida ballots this fall.

Andy Dance Re-Elected To Flagler School Board Without Opposition; Others Must Slog It Out

| June 22, 2018

Andy Dance was re-elected to a fourth term. A school board and a Palm Coast council race will be decided in August, others won’t be decided until November.

Trouble For 9 Ballot Proposals, But Homestead Expansion and School Board Term Limits Would Pass

| June 12, 2018

Bans on offshore oil drilling and vaping in workplaces and restaurants, new ethics standard for public officials and voting rights to ex-felons would all fail.

With Sharpton Headlining, Rally Calls For Restoring Felon Rights After Stinging Court Defeat

| April 26, 2018

The long-planned march followed a late-night ruling from a federal appeals court that gave Gov. Scott a victory in a bitterly fought challenge to the state’s voter-restoration system.

Voters Will Decide School Board Term Limits and Ending Local Control Over Charter Schools

| April 17, 2018

Under current law, school boards operate and control public schools within their counties. That would end if voters approve a constitutional amendment.

Ballot Proposal Would Ensure Crime Victims Have Their Say in Plea Agreements and Sentencing

| April 16, 2018

The proposal, which will need support from 60 percent of voters in November, would seek to ensure the rights of victims to receive information and provide input during criminal cases.

12 Amendments Nearing Ballot, Including Bans on Offshore Drilling and Workplace Vaping, and Home Rule Overrides

| April 6, 2018

The list includes 12 ballot proposals that incorporate 24 potential changes to the Florida Constitution. All of the proposals were initially endorsed by the commission.

Florida an Outlier on Restoration of Felons’ Right to Vote, Barring 1.6 million Off Rolls

| March 28, 2018

Automatically restoring the right to vote for convicted felons in Florida could add between 600,000 and 1.6 million voters to the state’s voting rolls.

Florida Voters Denied Choice on Gun Restrictions as Constitution Commission Holsters Proposal

| March 23, 2018

Floridians won’t have an opportunity to decide whether the state should ban semi-automatic weapons or have gun-related restrictions after the Constitution Revision Commission rejected attempts to debate the proposals.

Proposal of 8-Year Term Limits For School Board Members May Head for November Ballot

| March 22, 2018

School board members would be limited to eight years in office under a proposal that moved forward Wednesday in the state Constitution Revision Commission.

Proposal To Create Open Primaries in Florida Moves Forward, But With Issues

| January 26, 2018

All candidates seeking the same office would run in a single primary regardless of party affiliation. The top two vote-getters would run in the general election.

Measure to Restore Voting Rights to 1.5 Million Florida Felons Goes on November Ballot

| January 23, 2018

Voting rights of felons who have served their sentences, completed parole or probation and paid restitution would be automatically restored. Murderers and sex offenders would be excluded.

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