2020 Constitutional Amendments

AMENDMENT 1

Citizenship Requirement to Vote in Florida Elections

Florida Chamber Position: Neutral

Sponsor: Florida Citizen Voters

Official Ballot Summary: This amendment provides that only United States Citizens who are at least eighteen years of age, a permanent resident of Florida, and registered to vote, as provided by law, shall be qualified to vote in a Florida election.

AMENDMENT 2

Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage

Florida Chamber Position: Oppose

Sponsor: Florida For a Fair Wage

Official Ballot Summary: Raises minimum wage to $10.00 per hour effective September 30th, 2021. Each September 30th thereafter, minimum wage shall increase by $1.00 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 per hour on September 30th, 2026. From that point forward, future minimum wage increases shall revert to being adjusted annually for inflation starting September 30th, 2027.

AMENDMENT 3

All Voters Vote in a Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor and Cabinet

Florida Chamber Position: Oppose

Sponsor:  All Voters Vote, Inc.

Official Ballot Summary: Allows all registered voters to vote in primaries for state legislature, governor, and cabinet regardless of political party affiliation. All candidates for an office, including party nominated candidates, appear on the same primary ballot. Two highest vote getters advance to general election. If only two candidates qualify, no primary is held and winner is determined in general election. Candidate’s party affiliation may appear on ballot as provided by law. Effective January 1, 2024.

AMENDMENT 4

Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments

Florida Chamber Position: Support

Sponsor:  Keep Our Constitution Clean PC

Official Ballot Summary: Requires all proposed amendments or revisions to the state constitution to be approved by the voters in two elections, instead of one, in order to take effect. The proposal applies the current thresholds for passage to each of the two elections.

AMENDMENT 5

Limitation on Homestead Assessments

Florida Chamber Position: N/A

Sponsor: The Florida Legislature/House (HJR 369)

Official Ballot Summary: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution, effective date January 1, 2021, to increase, from 2 years to 3 years, the period of time during which accrued Save-Our-Homes benefits may be transferred from a prior homestead to a new homestead.

AMENDMENT 6

Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities

Florida Chamber Position: N/A

Sponsor: The Florida Legislature/House (HJR 877)

Official Ballot Summary:  Provides that the homestead property tax discount for certain veterans with permanent combat-related disabilities carries over to such veteran’s surviving spouse who holds legal or beneficial title to, and who permanently resides on, the homestead property, until he or she remarries or sells or otherwise disposes of the property. The discount may be transferred to a new homestead property of the surviving spouse under certain conditions. The amendment takes effect January 1, 2021.