A MESSAGE FROM FLORIDA PTA
Florida's Constitutional Amendments
This November, voters will be weighing in on 12 different amendments to the Florida Constitution. Three of these proposals were placed on the ballot by the Legislature, two through citizens' petition initiatives, and seven thanks to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, a 37-member body that is appointed every twenty years and that last met this past year. One amendment proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission, Amendment 8, was removed from the ballot, as the Florida Supreme Court ruled its language to be deceptive.
While Florida PTA does not endorse or oppose candidates for office, we do take positions on issues that fall within our scope and that align with our member-voted position statements. For this reason, we oppose Amendments 1, 2, and 5, as they are in direct conflict with our long-established position on constitutional tax limitations:
The Florida PTA opposes any tax limitation by constitutional amendment which would limit the progress being made in attaining the state's goal for education and for programs that promote the welfare of children and youth.
All other proposed constitutional amendments fall outside our scope, and we will not be taking a stance on them. We encourage members to review each amendment carefully, and consult non-partisan guides to what a "yes" or "no" vote would mean, such as
the guide issued by the League of Women Voters
Please share this information widely.
Attached is a table outlining the general content of each constitutional amendment that will appear on the ballot.