Escambia County Republican Executive Committee
2020 Constitutional Amendments
Whereas, it is vital that all Republicans be fully informed and educated regarding the proposed amendments to Florida’s Constitution on the 2020 General Election ballot;
Whereas, AMENDMENT 1, proposed by citizen initiative and entitled Citizenship Required to Vote in Florida Elections,which provides that only United States Citizens who are at least eighteen years of age, a permanent resident of Florida, and registered to vote, shall be qualified to vote in a Florida election properly clarifies that voter eligibility in Florida should be reserved only to citizens of these United States and that the RPOF officially supports;
Whereas, AMENDMENT 2, proposed by citizen initiative and entitled Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage, whichraises the state minimum wage to $10.00 per hour effective September 30, 2021, and annually increases the minimum wage by $1.00 per hour until it reaches $15.00 per hour on September 30, 2026, will negatively impact the state and result in Florida jobs being eliminated or automated;
Whereas, AMENDMENT 3, proposed by citizen initiative and entitled All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet, which abolishes party primary elections for state legislature, governor, and cabinet effective January 1, 2024, will eliminate the ability of grassroots Republicans to nominate the candidate of their choice, limit every voter’s choice at the General Election, and replace Florida’s elections with costly elections that have failed in liberal states like Washington and California and that the RPOF officially opposes;
Whereas, AMENDMENT 4, proposed by joint resolution of the Florida Legislature and entitled Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments, which requires all proposed amendments or revisions to the state constitution to be approved by the voters in two elections, instead of one, in order to take effect, will safeguard our Constitution and help prevent outside special interests from imposing unnecessary, costly, and harmful policies on Floridians;
Whereas, AMENDMENT 5, proposed by joint resolution of the Florida Legislature and entitled Limitation on Homestead Assessments, which increases from 2 to 3 years, the period of time during which accrued Save-Our-Homes benefits may be transferred to a new homestead, will expand tax relief for homeowners; and
Whereas, AMENDMENT 6, proposed by joint resolution of the Florida Legislature and entitled Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities, which carries over the homestead property tax discount for certain veterans with permanent combat-related disabilities to their surviving spouse holding legal or beneficial title to, and permanently residing on, the homestead property, until he or she remarries or sells or otherwise disposes of the property, will reduce the tax burden for surviving spouses.
Now therefore may it be resolved, that the Escambia County Republican Executive Committee recommends the following at the 2020 General Election:
- A “YES” vote on Amendment 1, Citizenship Requirement to Vote in Florida Elections.
- A “NO” vote on Amendment 2, Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage.
- A “NO” vote on Amendment 3, All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet.
- A “YES” vote on Amendment 4, Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments.
- A “YES” vote on Amendment 5, Limitation on Homestead Assessments.
- A “YES” vote on Amendment 6, Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities.
Approved this 14th day of September, 2020, by vote of the Republican Executive Committee pursuant to Article VII, Section 12 of the RPOF County Model Constitution.