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Amendment choices on ballot are a mixed bag


Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:55 PM

The following are Hernando Today recommendations for the Constitutional Amendments on the Nov. 6 General Election ballots:

Amendment 1: This amendment would prohibit laws or rules from compelling anyone or an employer to purchase, obtain or otherwise provide for health care coverage. Hernando Today recommends a "No" vote.

Amendment 2: This amendment would expand the property discount on homesteads to combat-injured veterans who were not Florida residents at the time of their injury. Hernando Today recommends a "Yes" vote.

Amendment 3: Under this amendment, state revenues collected in excess of the revenue limitation will be added to the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches its maximum balance. Then, the money will be used for public schools by reducing the financial effort required from districts for participation in a state education finance program. Hernando Today recommends a "No" vote.

Amendment 4: This amendment specifies that assessed value of homestead property may not increase if the market value is less than it was the preceding Jan. 1. The amendment would also reduce from 10 percent to 5 percent the limitation on annual changes in assessments of nonhomestead real property. Hernando Today recommends a "No" vote.

Amendment 5: This amendment would let the Legislature change rules on how the judiciary operates with a simple majority instead of a two-thirds majority. This amendment also would require Senate confirmation of a governor's nominee for Supreme Court justice. Hernando Today recommends a "Yes" vote.

Amendment 6: This amendment would deny public funds for any abortion or for health coverage that includes the procedure. The prohibition does not apply to any coverage required by federal law. Hernando Today recommends a "Yes" vote.

Amendment 7: This amendment on religious freedom was removed by the Legislature.

Amendment 8: This amendment would delete the prohibition against using state revenue directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect or religious denomination or any sectarian institution. Hernando Today recommends a "No" vote.

Amendment 9: The amendment authorizes the Legislature to totally or partially exempt from property taxes the homestead property of a surviving spouse of a military veteran or first responder who died in the line of duty. Hernando Today recommends a "Yes" vote.

Amendment 10: This amendment would provide an exemption from ad valorem taxes on tangible personal property if the assessed value is greater than $25,000 but less than $50,000. Hernando Today recommends a "No" vote.

Amendment 11: This amendment would allow an additional homestead tax exemption to a property owner who has lived there for 25 years, is 65 years of age and has a low household income. Hernando Today recommends a "Yes" vote.

Amendment 12: This amendment would require the Board of Governors to create a council of state university student body presidents and name the chair of that council as the student member of the board, replacing the Florida Student Association president. Hernando Today recommends a "No" vote.

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