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Florida amendments 3, 5, and 12

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Amendment 5

Amendment 5 deals with the powers of the courts and the legislature. If you vote "yes" on Amendment 5, that means you want the Florida State Senate to have confirmation power over state Supreme Court appointees, and you also want to allow the House to have access to investigation files when a judge is being investigated.

If you vote "no" on Amendment 5, it would mean that you want things to stay as they are regarding the powers of the courts and the legislature.

Amendment 3

Some battle-lines have been drawn over Amendment 3. On one side, some business organizations say to vote "yes" on Amendment 3. On the other side, teachers, police and firefighters unions say to vote "no" on 3.

If you vote "yes" on Amendment 3, it means you favor a lower cap on the amount of money the state is allowed to take in from taxes and fees. If passed, it could slow down the overall growth of government. If you vote "no" on Amendment 3, you would be voting to leave the cap as it is now -- it's never been exceeded. Those against 3 say this amendment would negatively impact public education, the elderly and the poor.

Amendment 12

Amendment 12 involves some politics surrounding state universities and the Board of Governors, which is in charge of them.

If you vote "yes" on Amendment 12, it means you want the state to create a new council of university student presidents, from which the student representative to the board of governors will be chosen. A "no" vote means you want to keep it the way it is.

Florida State University has objected to the way it is now, and hasn't participated in years. That's because membership dues are now required to be eligible to send a student representative to the Board of Governors. A "yes" vote on 12 would get rid of the dues and Florida State would likely come back.

All of the amendments require a 60 percent majority to pass.

LINK: Click here for summaries, sponsors and the full text of each amendment.


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