2018 Referenda

Judge Upholds Ballot Measure On County Offices

Aug 10, 2018
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Florida voters have the right to decide whether all local constitutional officers, including sheriffs and tax collectors, should be elected, a Leon County judge ruled.

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Just a day after receiving the case, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously agreed to take up a battle about whether a proposed ban on greyhound racing should go on the November ballot.

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Attorneys for the state moved quickly Thursday to appeal a circuit judge’s ruling that would block a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at banning greyhound racing in Florida.

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A circuit judge on Wednesday knocked a greyhound-racing ban off the November ballot, calling the proposed constitutional amendment misleading and “outright trickeration.”

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Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban greyhound racing at Florida dog tracks got a $1.5 million boost from a foundation established by Doris Day, the critter-loving movie star who’s devoted much of her life to rescuing animals.

Greyhound Group Asks Judge To Remove Racing Ban From Ballot

Jul 27, 2018
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Arguing that it is misleading, the Florida Greyhound Association is asking a judge to remove from the November ballot a constitutional amendment that would ban dog racing in Florida.

Sides Square Off On Proposed Amendment 13 Greyhound Racing Ban

Jul 18, 2018
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A Leon County circuit judge is scheduled to hear arguments next week in a battle about a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban greyhound racing at Florida dog tracks.

Charter Schools Back Florida Amendment Effort

Jul 12, 2018
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Companies with ties to charter schools and a controversial federal visa program are providing the bulk of contributions to an effort to pass a constitutional amendment that would impose an eight-year term limit on school board members.

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Two animal-rights groups have started putting their money behind a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban greyhound racing in Florida.

Poll Points To Lack Of Support For Many Florida Ballot Proposals

Jun 12, 2018
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Only four of the 13 state constitutional amendments on the November ballot have enough voter support to be enacted, according to a poll from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Florida voters will pick a slate of new state leaders, local legislative representatives, city and county officials  and toward the end, if they make it-- a dozen or so requests to change the state constitution.  Yet some of those requests are likely to give voters pause upon a close read: do they want to ban indoor vaping while simultaneously banning offshore drilling?  Many of the amendments are grouped together and observers worry the result will end up confusing voters. 

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Florida voters will be asked this fall to ban greyhound racing, a staple for decades of the state’s gambling industry.

Florida’s full 37-member Constitution Revision Commission is meeting this week to consider proposed amendments that could be placed on the 2018 ballot. One proposal addresses a conflict in Florida’s Constitution dealing with elections.