Florida’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage was passed by 62 percent of voters in 2008. But various lower court rulings last year found the ban to be unconstitutional, and federal judge Robert Hinkle agreed.
Now, same sex couples can marry in Florida, but four states have gay marriage cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
A petition drive now underway in Florida would get a solar power amendment on the ballot in 2016. If voters approve the proposal, individuals who use the sun to generate electricity would be able to sell that electricity.
For now, only Florida’s utility companies can do that.
Supporters must collect 683,149 signatures to get the proposal before voters. At least 60 percent of voters must approve the amendment for it to be placed in the Constitution.
Florida voters passed the Water and Land Conservation Amendment in November. It requires one third of documentary stamp revenue – a tax on real estate transactions - to go toward environmental initiatives.
Amendment One is officially known as the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative. Environmental preservation under the amendment would be funded for the next 20 years by 33 percent of the revenue from a real estate transaction fee known as a doc stamp.
11/01/12 - Topical Currents begins with analysis of Florida election ballots with the president of the League of Women Voters, Deirdre Macnab, and WLRN/Miami-Herald reporter Ashley Lopez. They’ll explain the state constitutional amendments as well as charter measures . . . and take calls. And more Linda Gassenheimer explores the food of Latin America, from Argentina to Mexico. Wine columnist Fred Tasker, is on-board as well.