Lots of amendments on Florida’s ballot

Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 08:53 AM.


Q. Can you provide some information on the proposed constitutional amendments that will be appearing on the November ballot?

A. Using resources provided by the Florida Association of Counties, Florida Trend, The James Madison Institute, and the University of Florida Extension Service, I will try to summarize the amendments with the purpose only to provide information that might be helpful to encourage more informed votes. None of these proposed amendments are citizen initiatives. They were all placed on the ballot by our legislature. There is no Amendment 7 because it was rejected by the courts, tweaked by our lawmakers and then placed on the ballot as Amendment 8.


Amendment 1 on Health Insurance

This prohibits laws or rules compelling anyone to buy health insurance. It is essentially a referendum on the Affordable Care Act. If you favored the ACA, you might want to vote against Amendment 1. If you opposed the ACA, you might want to vote for Amendment 1. Supporters say a substantial vote of support will send a message that Florida voters oppose the ACA and, in the event the ACA were to be repealed or significantly modified, the amendment would prevent Florida’s own government from adopting a similar requirement at the state level as was done in Massachusetts. Opponents argue that since the ACA has been upheld in large part, it is unlikely to go away and cite that federal law trumps state law on these kinds of issues.


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