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MIAMI SPRINGS REFERENDUM PASSES!

Miami Springs voters approved the referendum to annex the industrial area west of the city.  Here are the reported results:

ANNEXATION RESULTS:
FINAL RESULTS: 5,444 Votes Cast
YES: 3,335 Votes  61.26%
NO: 2,109 Votes 38.74%

Watch the video below for a virtual tour of the proposed annexation area.

MIAMI APPROVES SOCCER STADIUM

The City of Miami approves turning the Melreese Golf Course into a new soccer stadium.  That will impact the Miami Springs Golf Course as many of the users of the Melreese Golf Course, including the First Tee program, will be heading to the Miami Springs Golf Course.

UNITED STATES CONGRESS

United States Senator

PROJECTED WINNER:  RICK SCOTT

U.S. House of Representative Congress District 25

PROJECTED WINNER:  MARIO DIAZ-BALART

STATE OF FLORIDA

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

PROJECTED WINNER:  RON DE SANTIS

Attorney General

PROJECTED WINNER:  ASHLEY MOODY

Chief Financial Officer

PROJECTED WINNER:  JIMMY PATRONIS

Agriculture Commissioner

PROJECTED WINNER:  MATT CALDWELL

State Senator, District 36

PROJECTED WINNER:  MANNY DIAZ, JR

State Representative, District 111

Bryan Avila is leading 16,528 votes versus 9,432 votes for Rizwan Ahmed.

PROJECTED WINNER:  BRYAN AVILA

COURTS

Circuit Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit

PROJECTED WINNER:  VIVIANNE DEL RIO

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

No.1
Article VII, Section 6
Article XII, Section 37

Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to increase the homestead exemption by exempting the assessed valuation of homestead property greater than $100,000 and up to $125,000 for all levies other than school district levies. The amendment shall take effect January 1, 2019.

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

No. 2
Constitutional Amendment
Article XII, Section 27

Limitations on Property Tax Assessments

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to permanently retain provisions currently in effect, which limit property tax assessment increases on specified nonhomestead real property, except for school district taxes, to 10 percent each year. If approved, the amendment removes the scheduled repeal of such provisions in 2019 and shall take effect January 1, 2019.

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

No. 3
Constitutional Amendment
Article X, Section 29

Voter Control of Gambling in Florida

This amendment ensures that Florida voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling by requiring that in order for casino gambling to be authorized under Florida law, it must be approved by Florida voters pursuant to Article XI, Section 3 of the Florida Constitution. Affects articles X and XI. Defines casino gambling and clarifies that this amendment does not conflict with federal law regarding state/tribal compacts.

The amendment’s impact on state and local government revenues and costs, if any, cannot be determined at this time because of its unknown effect on gambling operations that have not been approved by voters through a constitutional amendment proposed by a citizens’ initiative petition process.

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

No. 4
Constitutional Amendment
Article VI, Section 4

Voting Restoration Amendment

This amendment restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation. The amendment would not apply to those convictedofmurderorsexualoffenses,who would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case by case basis.

The precise effect of this amendment on state and local government costs cannot be determined, but the operation of current voter registration laws, combined with an increased number of felons registering to vote, will produce higher overall costs relative to the processes in place today. The impact, if any, on state and local government revenues cannot be determined. The fiscal impact of any future legislation that implements a different process cannot be reasonably determined.

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

No. 5
Constitutional Amendment
Article VII, Section 19

Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees

Prohibits the legislature from imposing, authorizing, or raising a state tax or fee except through legislation approved by a two-thirds vote of each house of the legislature in a bill containing no other subject. This proposal does not authorize a state tax or fee otherwise prohibited by the Constitution and does not apply to fees or taxes imposed or authorized to be imposed by a county, municipality, school board, or special district.

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

No. 6
Constitutional Revision
Article I, Section 16

Article V, Sections 8 and 21
Article XII, New Section

Rights of Crime Victims; Judges

Creates Constitutional rights for victims of crime; requires courts to facilitate victims’ rights; authorizes victims to enforce their rights throughout criminal and juvenile justice processes. Requires judges and hearing officers to independently interpret statutes and rules rather than deferring to government agency’s interpretation. Raises mandatory retirement age of state justices and judges from seventy to seventy-five years; deletes authorization to complete judicial term if one-half of term has been served by retirement age.

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

No. 7
Constitutional Revision
Article IX, Sections 7 and 8
Article X, New Section

First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities

Grants mandatory payment of death benefits and waiver of certain educational expenses to qualifying survivors of certain first responders and military members who die performing official duties. Requires supermajority votes by university trustees and state university system board of governors to raise or impose all legislatively authorized fees if law requires approval by those bodies. Establishes existing state college system as constitutional entity; provides governance structure.

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

No. 9
Constitutional Revision
Article II, Section 7
Article X, Section 20

Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces

Prohibits drilling for the exploration or extraction of oil and natural gas beneath all state-owned waters between the mean high water line and the state’s outermost territorial boundaries. Adds use of vapor-generating electronic devices to current prohibition of tobacco smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces with exceptions; permits more restrictive local vapor ordinances.

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

No. 10
Constitutional Revision
Article III, Section 3

Article IV, Sections 4 and 11
Article VIII, Sections 1 and 6

State and Local Government Structure and Operation

Requires legislature to retain department of veterans’ affairs. Ensures election of sheriffs, property appraisers, supervisors of elections, tax collectors, and clerks of court in all counties; removes county charters’ ability to abolish, change term, transfer duties, or eliminate election of these offices. Changes annual legislative session commencement date in even-numbered years from March to January; removes legislature’s authorization to fix another date. Creates office of domestic security and counterterrorism within department of law enforcement.

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

No. 11
Constitutional Revision
Article I, Section 2

Article X, Sections 9 and 19

Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes

Removes discriminatory language related to real property rights. Removes obsolete language repealed by voters. Deletes provision that amendment of a criminal statute will not affect prosecution or penalties for a crime committed before the amendment; retains current provision allowing prosecution of a crime committed before the repeal of a criminal statute.

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

No. 12
Constitutional Revision
Article II, Section 8
Article V, Section 13
Article XII, New Section

Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers

Expands current restrictions on lobbying for compensation by former public officers; creates restrictions on lobbying for compensation by serving public officers and former justices and judges; provides exceptions; prohibits abuse of a public position by public officers and employees to obtain a personal benefit.

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

No. 13
Constitutional Revision
Article X, New Section
Article XII, New Section

Ends Dog Racing

Phases out commercial dog racing in connection with wagering by 2020. Other gaming activities are not affected.

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

 

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY REFERENDUMS

County Referendum 1

Charter Amendment Relating to Nonpartisan Election of Clerk of the Circuit Court

Shall the Charter be amended to require that the election of Clerk of the Circuit Court be conducted on a nonpartisan basis and that no ballot shall show the party designation of any candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court?

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

 

County Referendum 2

Charter Amendment Relating to County Appointed Officials and Employees Running for Certain Elective Office

The Charter currently requires that County appointed officials or employees qualifying to run for federal, state or municipal elective office take a leave of absence and, if elected, immediately forfeit their County position. Shall the Charter be amended to limit this restriction to only apply to County officials and employees who qualify as a candidate for certain County elected offices?

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

 

County Referendum 3

Charter Amendment Relating to Review of Initiatory Petitions for Legal Sufficiency

Shall the Charter be amended to require that the Board of County Commissioners shall determine the legal sufficiency of an initiatory petition at the next Board meeting after the Clerk of Courts approves the petition form rather than after the required signatures have been gathered?

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

 

County Referendum 4

Charter Amendment Regarding Elections for County Commissioners and Mayor

Shall the Charter be amended to provide that when a candidate for County Commission or Mayor withdraws, becomes disqualified, or becomes deceased prior to an election no votes cast for such candidate shall be counted and that when a candidate for County Commission or Mayor is unopposed in an election after the close of qualification such candidate shall be deemed elected to office?

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

 

County Referendum 5

Charter Amendment Prohibiting Certain Payments Circulators of Initiatory Petitions

Shall the Charter be amended to prohibit any person circulating an initiatory petition from paying or offering to pay any individual or organization, or receive payment or agree to receive payment, on a basis related to the number of signatures obtained for circulating the petition and invalidate any petitions collected in violation of this prohibition?

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

 

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD REFERENDUM

School Board Referendum

Referendum to Approve Ad Valorem levy for Teachers, Instructional Personnel, School Safety and Security

Shall the School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, levy 0.75 mills of ad valorem taxes for operational funds (1) to improve compensation for high quality teachers and instructional personnel, and (2) to increase school safety and security personnel, with oversight by a Citizen Advisory Committee, beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2023?

PROJECTED WINNER:  YES

 

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