In the wake of the midterm elections, nearly all amendments placed on Florida’s ballot passed, except the homestead exemption increase. Notable among the amendments that passed were Amendment 2, making permanent the 10% annual increase cap on property taxes for certain properties; Amendment 4 restoring voting rights for non-violent felons who have served their time; Amendment 5, requiring a 2/3 majority vote of the Legislature to create any new or increased taxes; Amendment 6, which, among other things, ended administrative deference and raised the mandatory retirement age of Florida judges; Amendment 9, instituting the aforementioned vaping ban as well as a ban on off-shore drilling; Amendment 10, requiring constitutional local officials to be elected; Amendment 11, which removed from the constitution high-speed transportation language, language regarding the state’s ability to restrict property ownership rights of non-citizens and it changed what laws applied to criminal defendants under specific situations; and Amendment 12, which made major changes to the lobbying restrictions for elected officials increasing the time period to 6 years after they have held office.
Additionally, the Southwest Florida Water Management District initiated rulemaking to amend its rule governing guidance and minimum levels for lakes. The notice says the rule’s purpose is to correct clerical errors in the rule, but no actual language has been proposed. No workshop has yet been scheduled for the rulemaking.
Southwest Florida Water Management District
- Notice of Development of Rulemaking
Rule No.: 40D-8.624
Purpose: The purpose is to amend Rule 40D-8.624 F.A.C., to correct various clerical errors that have inadvertently occurred in the rule over time.