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.

Ashley Lopez

Polls are now closed statewide, except in the Panhandle, and results will begin pouring in.

Governor Rick Scott will be finding out whether he will keep his post as the state’s chief executive.

Ashley Lopez is with the Scott campaign in Bonita Springs and has this report.

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Floridians are casting final votes on this year’s gubernatorial election. Southwest Florida saw some high absentee and early voting numbers ahead of the polls closing.

Florida House of Representatives

Among the very few contested seats in Southwest Florida this November is Florida House District 76. In this race, environmental issues like fracking and water quality are playing a big role.

U.S. House of Representatives

Most of Southwest Florida’s state and federal political districts sit in heavily-Republican areas. Coupled with the fact that this is a midterm election, a lot of seats are not being contested this November. But there are a few and Republican Congressman Tom Rooney’s seat is one of them.

Democratic candidate William Bronson is running for Florida’s 17th congressional district against incumbent Republican Tom Rooney.

He said he’s running because he wants voters to have options.