Florida voters pass nearly all amendments on ballot

All but one of the Florida statewide constitutional amendments on the midterm ballot passed with each getting more than 60 percent of the vote.

The only one that came up short was Amendment 1. It would have increased the homestead property tax exemption by $25,000 for homes worth more than $100,000.

With 11 amendments passing, there are a lot of changes coming. We're taking a look at some of the things that will impact you.

Amendment 3 gives voters control over casino gambling in the state, meaning voters need to approve any future expansion of gambling.

Most felons in the state will get back their right to vote in future elections thanks to Amendment 4 passing. To vote, they must be done with the terms of probation and parole, and people convicted of murder or sex crimes are not included.

Greyhound racing will be illegal in Florida by 2020 after Amendment 13 passed. However, you'll still be able to wager on races outside the state, and the poker rooms that are attached to the tracks can still operate once the racing is outlawed.

Amendment 9 passed, so you'll no longer be able to vape or smoke e-cigarettes in indoor work places. It also makes drilling for oil in Florida coastal waters illegal.

Amendment 11 allows non-citizens to buy and sell property in Florida. It also makes future changes in sentencing laws retroactive to impact people already convicted. It also removes leftover language about the approval of a high-speed rail after that was voted down in 2004.

Amendment 6 authorizes the creation of a bill of rights for crime victims, giving them more protections from suspects and better access to information in their case. It also raises the mandatory age of retirement for state judges from 70 to 75.

Amendment 2 makes an existing law permanent, placing a 10 percent cap on the annual increase of non-homestead property.

Amendment 5 requires the Florida Legislature to approve all future state tax or fee increases with a supermajority. It does not apply to local taxes.

There are multiple parts involved with Amendment 7, but mainly it would extend death benefits to certain first responders as well as require a two-thirds vote from university trustees and the state board of governors to raise fees.

Amendment 10 is another one with several elements. It requires every Florida county to elect certain officials among other things.

Amendment 12 bans public officials from lobbying during their terms in office plus six years after the term ends.

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