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Which Florida amendments passed?

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Which Florida amendments passed? Also, a breakdown of each amendment and what it means for you.

Amendment 1: Alien Property Rights
Did not pass

Involved getting rid of old language from the constitution. The language allows the Legislature to regulate or ban property ownership by immigrants who are not citizens.

Amendment 2: Define Marriage
Passed (More)

Amendment 2 defines marriage as between a man and a woman. With 99% of the expected vote counted, the amendment had just over 62% support - just above the 60% needed for passage. Supporters say it would preclude "activist" judges from allowing gay marriage. Opponents argue it is unnecessary because there is already a state law banning same-sex marriage and its vague wording would create unintended consequences for gay and straight couples who are part of civil unions.

Amendment 3: Property Tax Exemptions
Recounting (More)

Florida election officials could be forced to recount millions of ballots to decide if voters have approved a property tax break. This would give an exemption to owners of residential properties for hurricane-proofing and energy efficiency improvements such as storm shutters and solar water heaters.

Amendment 4: Real Property Exemptions

Gives tax breaks to landowners who agree to put save their property for conservation instead of development.

Amendment 6: Water Access Exemptions
Passed (More)

Throws a lifeline to Florida's maritime industry by giving it a property tax break for keeping waterfront property from condo development.

Amendment 8: Community Colleges
Did not pass

Amendment eight would have allowed counties to increase sales taxes so that community colleges could raise money.

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