Constitutional Amendments: 2016 Ballot

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Primary Election: August 30, 2016

Amendment #4 – PASSED August 30, 2016

Solar Devices or Renewable Energy Source Devices; Exemption from Certain Taxation and Assessment.

Sponsor
The Florida Legislature

Summary
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to exempt from ad valorem taxation the assessed value of solar or renewable energy source devices subject to tangible personal property tax, and to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit consideration of such devices in assessing the value of real property for ad valorem taxation purposes. This amendment takes effect January 1, 2018, and expires on December 31, 2037.

General Election: November 8, 2016

Amendment #1

Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice

Sponsor
Consumers for Smart Solar

Summary
This amendment establishes a right under Florida’s constitution for consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use. State and local governments shall retain their abilities to protect consumer rights and public health, safety and welfare, and to ensure that consumers who do not choose to install solar are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electric grid access to those who do.

 

Amendment #2

Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions

Sponsor
People United for Medical Marijuana

Summary
Allows medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not immunize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana.

 

Amendment #3

Tax Exemption for Totally and Permanently Disabled First Responders

Sponsor
The Florida Legislature

Summary
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize a first responder, who is totally and permanently disabled as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty, to receive relief from ad valorem taxes assessed on homestead property, if authorized by general law. If approved by voters, the amendment takes effect January 1, 2017.

 

Amendment #5

Homestead Tax Exemption for Certain Senior, Low-Income, Long-Term Residents; Determination of Just Value

Sponsor:
The Florida Legislature

Summary
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to revise the homestead tax exemption that may be granted by counties or municipalities for property with just value less than $250,000 owned by certain senior, low-income, long-term residents to specify that just value is determined in the first tax year the owner applies and is eligible for the exemption. The amendment takes effect January 1, 2017, and applies retroactively to exemptions granted before January 1, 2017.