Suwannee Democrat


October 7, 2012

Amendments 2012

A look at the 11 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution

Live Oak — Suwannee County voters will be presented with the longest ballot ever for a presidential election on Nov. 6 with 11 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution in addition to the 19 offices, according to Supervisor of Elections Glenda Williams. 

The ballot language for the amendments can be, at best, tricky. Here are the amendments broken down as compiled by the Collins Center for Public Policy.

Live Oak City Council President Adam Prins will be hosting a town hall at Live Oak City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. for those that would like to learn more about the amendments.

Amendment 1

Health Care Services

What it would do:

This would add an amendment to the state constitution that attempts to prohibit the government from requiring individuals to purchase health insurance.

If you vote yes:

A “yes” vote means you want the Florida Constitution to include a provision that prohibits the government from requiring you to purchase health insurance.

If you vote no:

A “no” vote means you do not want the Florida Constitution to include a provision that prohibits the government from requiring you to purchase health insurance.

Arguments for:

Supporters of this proposed amendment say the federal government cannot force people to purchase health insurance, and this amendment is an attempt to protect Floridians from that requirement in the federal health care act passed in 2010. They say voting for this measure would send a message that Congress overstepped its authority.

Arguments against:

Opponents say that despite its stated intention, this proposed amendment will not allow Floridians to opt out of the requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 28, 2012, that the federal requirement to purchase insurance is constitutional.


Amendment 2

Veterans Disabled Due To Combat Injury; Homestead Property Tax Discount

What it would do:

This amendment would allow certain disabled veterans, who were not Florida residents prior to entering military service, to qualify for a discount on their property taxes.

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