In a state divided on most issues, Florida voters rallied around one surprising state Constitutional Amendment to pass it by an almost 80 percent majority – Amendment 12, which deals with lobbying and abuse of public office by public officers.
It was the highest percentage of voters to support any of the 12 proposed state Constitutional Amendments that were on the Nov. 6 ballot. Of the nearly eight million people in Florida who cast votes on Amendment 12, a little over six million of them voted to pass the Amendment.
The Amendment, which “bundled” several topics into one ballot measure, deals with ethics and lobbying restrictions and sets out more detailed instructions for how public officials make the transition to working as lobbyists in Florida. It also extends the ban on how long public officials must wait before becoming lobbyists in the state from two to six years after they leave their position.
Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Hillsborough County and Orange County were the counties with the highest number of people who voted to pass the Amendment.
They’ll have to wait a while to see it in action – parts of Amendment 12 won’t start going into effect until December 2020.