Florida Amendments Pass and Fail
Amendment One Passes
The land-conservation amendment that drew grumbling from Republican legislative leaders and some business groups passed with about 75 percent of the vote Tuesday. The proposal will require the state to dedicate a portion of real-estate tax revenue over the next 20 years for environmental preservation.
The proposal will generate billions of dollars from the already-existing tax, with the money going to buy or restore areas crucial to Florida's water supply, such as the land around springs, and natural systems that have been ruined, such as the Everglades. Allison DeFoor chaired the effort to pass the amendment.