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PUBLIC NOTICE
Published: 9/27/2016

10954

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

TO BE VOTED ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016

NOTICE OF

ELECTION


I, Ken Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that an election will be held in each county in Florida, on November 8, 2016, for the ratification or rejection of a proposed revision to the constitution of the State of Florida.


NO. 1

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

ARTICLE X, SECTION 29 (INITIATIVE)


Ballot Title:

Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice


Ballot Summary:

This amendment establishes a right under Florida's constitution for consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use. State and local governments shall retain their abilities to protect consumer rights and public health, safety and welfare, and to ensure that consumers who do not choose to install solar are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electric grid access to those who do.


Financial Impact Statement:

The amendment is not expected to result in an increase or decrease in any revenues or costs to state and local government.


Full Text:


ARTICLE X

Miscellaneous


Section 29 � Rights of electricity consumers regarding solar energy choice. �

(a) ESTABLISHMENT OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT. Electricity consumers have the right to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use.

(b) RETENTION OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ABILITIES. State and local governments shall retain their abilities to protect consumer rights and public health, safety and welfare, and to ensure that consumers who do not choose to install solar are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electric grid access to those who do.

(c) DEFINITIONS. For purposes of this section, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings:

(1) "consumer" means any end user of electricity regardless of the source of that electricity.

(2) "solar equipment," "solar electrical generating equipment" and "solar" are used interchangeably and mean photovoltaic panels and any other device or system that converts sunlight into electricity.

(3) "backup power" means electricity from an electric utility, made available to solar electricity consumers for their use when their solar electricity generation is insufficient or unavailable, such as at night, during periods of low solar electricity generation or when their solar equipment otherwise is not functioning.

(4) "lease," when used in the context of a consumer paying the owner of solar electrical generating equipment for the right to use such equipment, means an agreement under which the consumer pays the

equipment owner/les sor a stream of periodic payments for the use of such equipment, which payments do not vary in amount based on the amount of electricity produced by the equipment and used by the consumer/les see.

(5) "electric grid" means the interconnected electrical network, consisting of power plants and other

generating facilities, transformers, transmission lines, distribution lines and related facilities, that makes electricity available to consumers throughout Florida.

(6) "electric utility" means any municipal electric utility, investorowned electric utility, or rural electric cooperative which owns, maintains, or operates an electric generation, transmission, or distribution system within the state.

(d) EFFECTIVE DATE. This section shall be effective immediately upon voter approval of this amendment.


NO. 2

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

ARTICLE X, SECTION 29 (INITIATIVE)


Ballot Title:

Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions


Ballot Summary:

Allows medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients� medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not immunize violations of federal law or any nonmedical use, possession or production of marijuana.


Financial Impact Statement:

Increased costs from this amendment to state and local governments cannot be determined. There will be additional regulatory costs and enforcement activities associated with the production, sale, use and possession of medical marijuana. Fees may offset some of the regulatory costs. Sales tax will likely apply to most purchases, resulting in a substantial increase in state and local government revenues that cannot be determined precisely. The impact on property tax revenues cannot be determined.


Full Text:


ARTICLE X

Miscellaneous


SECTION 29.� Medical marijuana production, possession and use.

(a) PUBLIC POLICY.

(1) The medical use of marijuana by a qualifying patient or caregiver in compliance with this section is not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under Florida law.

(2) A physician shall not be subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under Florida law solely for issuing a physician certification with reasonable care to a person diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition in compliance with this section.

(3) Actions and conduct by a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center registered with the Department, or its agents or employees, and in compliance with this section and Department regulations, shall not be subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under Florida law.

(b) DEFINITIONS. For purposes of this section, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings:

(1) �Debilitating Medical Condition� means cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn's disease, Par kinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, or other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, and for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.

(2) �Department� means the Department of Health or its successor agency.

(3) �Identification card� means a document issued by the Department that identifies a qualifying patient or a caregiver.

(4) �Marijuana� has the meaning given cannabis in Section 893.02(3), Florida Statutes (2014), and, in addition, �LowTHC cannabis� as defined in Section 381.986(1)(b), Florida Statutes (2014), shall also be included in the meaning of the term �marijuana.�

(5) �Medical Marijuana Treatment Center� (MMTC) means an entity that acquires, cultivates, possesses, processes (including development of related products such as food, tinctures, aerosols, oils, or ointments), transfers, transports, sells, distributes, dispenses, or administers marijuana, products containing marijuana, related supplies, or educational materials to qualifying patients or their care givers and is registered by the Department.

(6) �Medical use� means the acquisition, possession, use, delivery, transfer, or administration of an amount of marijuana not in conflict with Department rules, or of related supplies by a qualifying patient or caregiver for use by the caregiver�s designated qualifying patient for the treatment of a debilitating medical condition.

(7) �Caregiver� means a person who is at least twentyone (21) years old who has agreed to assist with a qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana and has qualified for and obtained a caregiver identification card issued by the Department. The Department may limit the number of qualifying patients a caregiver may assist at one time and the number of caregivers that a qualifying patient may have at one time. Caregivers are prohibited from consuming marijuana obtained for medical use by the qualifying patient.

(8) �Physician� means a person who is licensed to practice medicine in Florida.

(9)�Physician certification� means a written document signed by a physician, stating that in the physician's professional opinion, the patient suffers from a debilitating medical condition, that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for the patient, and for how long the physician recommends the medical use of marijuana for the patient. A physician certification may only be provided after the physician has conducted a physical examination and a full assessment of the medical history of the patient. In order for a physician certification to be issued to a minor, a parent or legal guardian of the minor must consent in writing.

(10) �Qualifying patient� means a person who has been diagnosed to have a debilitating medical condition, who has a physician certification and a valid qualifying patient identification card. If the Department does not begin issuing identification cards within nine (9) months after the effective date of this section, then a valid physician certification will serve as a patient identification card in order to allow a person to become a "qualifying patient" until the Department begins issuing identification cards.

(c) LIMITATIONS.

(1) Nothing in this section allows for a violation of any law other than for conduct in compliance with the provisions of this section.

(2) Nothing in this section shall affect or repeal laws relating to nonmedical use, possession, production, or sale of marijuana.

(3) Nothing in this section authorizes the use of medical marijuana by anyone other than a qualifying patient.

(4) Nothing in this section shall permit the operation of any vehicle, aircraft, train or boat while under the influence of marijuana.

(5) Nothing in this section requires the violation of federal law or purports to give immunity under federal law.

(6) Nothing in this section shall require any accommodation of any onsite medical use of marijuana in any correctional institution or detention facility or place of education or employment, or of smoking medical marijuana in any public place.

(7) Nothing in this section shall require any health insurance provider or any government agency or authority to reimburse any person for expenses related to the medical use of marijuana.

(8) Nothing in this section shall affect or repeal laws relating to negligence or professional malpractice on the part of a qualified patient, caregiver, physician, MMTC, or its agents or employees.

(d) DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT. The Department shall issue reasonable regulations necessary for the implementation and enforcement of this section. The purpose of the regulations is to ensure the availability and safe use of medical marijuana by qualifying patients. It is the duty of the Department to promulgate regulations in a timely fashion.

(1) Implementing Regulations. In order to allow the Department sufficient time after passage of this section, the following regulations shall be promulgated no later than six (6) months after the effective date of this section:

a. Procedures for the issuance and annual renewal of qualifying patient identification cards to people with physician certifications and standards for renewal of such identification cards. Before issuing an identification card to a minor, the Department must receive written consent from the minor�s parent or legal guardian, in addition to the physician certification.

b. Procedures establishing qualifications and standards for caregivers, including conducting appropriate background checks, and procedures for the issuance and annual renewal of caregiver identification cards.

c. Procedures for the registration of MMTCs that include procedures for the issuance, renewal, suspension and revocation of registration, and standards to ensure proper security, record keeping, testing, labeling, inspection, and safety.

d. A regulation that defines the amount of marijuana that could reasonably be presumed to be an adequate supply for qualifying patients� medical use, based on the best available evidence. This presumption as to quantity may be overcome with evidence of a particular qualifying patient�s appropriate medical use.

(2) Identification cards and registrations. The Department shall begin issuing qualifying patient and caregiver identification cards, and registering MMTCs no later than nine (9) months after the effective date of this section.

(3) If the Department does not issue regulations, or if the Department does not begin issuing identification cards and registering MMTCs within the time limits set in this section, any Florida citizen shall have standing to seek judicial relief to compel compliance with the Department�s constitutional duties.

(4) The Department shall protect the confidentiality of all qualifying patients. All records containing the identity of qualifying patients shall be confidential and kept from public disclosure other than for valid medical or law enforcement purposes.

(e) LEGISLATION. Nothing in this section shall limit the legislature from enacting laws consistent with this section.

(f) SEVERABILITY. The provisions of this section are severable and if any clause, sentence, paragraph or section of this measure, or an application thereof, is adjudged invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction other provisions shall continue to be in effect to the fullest extent possible.


NO.3

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6

ARTICLE XII

(LEGISLATIVE)


Ballot Title:

TAX EXEMPTION FOR TOTALLY AND PERMANENTLY DISABLED FIRST RESPONDERS.


Ballot Summary:

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize a first responder, who is totally and permanently disabled as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty, to receive relief from ad valorem taxes assessed on homestead property, if authorized by general law. If approved by voters, the amendment takes effect January 1, 2017.


Full Text:


ARTICLE VII

FINANCE AND

TAXATION


SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.�

(a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special benefits, up to the assessed valuation of twentyfive thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than fifty thousand dollars and up to seventyfive thousand dollars, upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owner's or member's proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of ninetyeight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is first determined to be in compliance with the provisions of section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value.

(b) Not more than one exemption shall be allowed any individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property.

(c) By general law and subject to conditions specified therein, the Legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law.

(d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant either or both of the following additional homestead tax exemptions:

(1) An exemption not exceeding fifty thousand dollars to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner and who has attained age sixtyfive and whose household income, as defined by general law, does not exceed twenty thousand dollars; or

(2) An exemption equal to the assessed value of the property to any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate with a just value less than two hundred and fifty thousand dollars and who has maintained thereon the permanent residence of the owner for not less than twenty five years and who has attained age sixtyfive and whose household income does not exceed the income limitation prescribed in paragraph (1). The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant these additional exemptions, within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living.

(e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veteran's permanent, serviceconnected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, an official letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veteran's servicecon nected disability and such evidence that reasonably identifies the disability as combat related and a copy of the veteran's honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The Legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection is selfexe cuting and does not require implementing legislation.

(f) By general law and subject to conditions and limitations specified therein, the Legislature may provide ad valorem tax relief equal to the total amount or a portion of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property to the:

(1) The surviving spouse of a veteran who died from serviceconnected causes while on active duty as a member of the United States Armed Forces.

(2) The surviving spouse of a first responder who died in the line of duty.

(3) A first responder who is totally and permanently disabled as a result of an injury or injuries sustained in the line of duty. Causal connection between a disability and service in the line of duty shall not be presumed but must be determined as provided by general law. For purposes of this paragraph, the term "disability" does not include a chronic condition or chronic disease, unless the injury sustained in the line of duty was the sole cause of the chronic condition or chronic disease. As used in this subsection and as further defined by general law, the term:

a. "first responder" means a law enforcement officer, a correctional officer, a fire fighter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic, and the term.

b. "in the line of duty" means arising out of and in the actual performance of duty required by employment as a first responder.


ARTICLE XII

SCHEDULE


Tax exemption for totally and permanently disabled first respon ders.�The amendment to Section 6 of Article VII relating to relief from ad valorem taxes assessed on homestead property for first responders, who are totally and permanently disabled as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty, takes effect January 1, 2017.


PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 4 APPEARED ON THE AUGUST 30, 2016 PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOT


NO.5

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6

ARTICLE XII

(LEGISLATIVE)


Ballot Title:

HOMESTEAD TAX EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN SENIOR, LOW INCOME, LONGTERM RESIDENTS; DETERMINATION OF JUST VALUE.


Ballot Summary:

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to revise the homestead tax exemption that may be gran ted by counties or municipalities for property with just value less than $250,000 owned by certain senior, lowin come, longterm residents to specify that just value is determined in the first tax year the owner applies and is eligible for the exemption. The amendment takes effect January 1, 2017, and applies retroactively to exemptions granted before January 1, 2017.


Full Text:


ARTICLE VII

FINANCE AND

TAXATION


SECTION 6. Homestead exemptions.�

(a) Every person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, or another legally or naturally dependent upon the owner, shall be exempt from taxation thereon, except assessments for special benefits, up to the assessed valuation of twentyfive thousand dollars and, for all levies other than school district levies, on the assessed valuation greater than fifty thousand dollars and up to seventyfive thousand dollars, upon establishment of right thereto in the manner prescribed by law. The real estate may be held by legal or equitable title, by the entireties, jointly, in common, as a condominium, or indirectly by stock ownership or membership representing the owner's or member's proprietary interest in a corporation owning a fee or a leasehold initially in excess of ninetyeight years. The exemption shall not apply with respect to any assessment roll until such roll is first determined to be in compliance with the provisions of section 4 by a state agency designated by general law. This exemption is repealed on the effective date of any amendment to this Article which provides for the assessment of homestead property at less than just value.

(b) Not more than one exemption shall be allowed any individual or family unit or with respect to any residential unit. No exemption shall exceed the value of the real estate assessable to the owner or, in case of ownership through stock or membership in a corporation, the value of the proportion which the interest in the corporation bears to the assessed value of the property.

(c) By general law and subject to conditions specified therein, the Legislature may provide to renters, who are permanent residents, ad valorem tax relief on all ad valorem tax levies. Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the form and amount established by general law.

(d) The legislature may, by general law, allow counties or municipalities, for the purpose of their respective tax levies and subject to the provisions of general law, to grant either or both of the following additional homestead tax exemptions:

(1) An exemption not exceeding fifty thousand dollars to a any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, and who has attained age sixtyfive, and whose household income, as defined by general law, does not exceed twenty thousand dollars; or

(2) An exemption equal to the assessed value of the property to a any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate with a just value less than two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, as determined in the first tax year that the owner applies and is eligible for the exemption, and who has maintained thereon the permanent residence of the owner for not less than twentyfive years, and who has attained age sixtyfive, and whose household income does not exceed the income limitation prescribed in paragraph (1). The general law must allow counties and municipalities to grant these additional exemptions, within the limits prescribed in this subsection, by ordinance adopted in the manner prescribed by general law, and must provide for the periodic adjustment of the income limitation prescribed in this subsection for changes in the cost of living.

(e) Each veteran who is age 65 or older who is partially or totally permanently disabled shall receive a discount from the amount of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property the veteran owns and resides in if the disability was combat related and the veteran was honorably discharged upon separation from military service. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the veteran's permanent, serviceconnected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To qualify for the discount granted by this subsection, an applicant must submit to the county property appraiser, by March 1, an official letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of the veteran's servicecon nected disability and such evidence that reasonably identifies the disability as combat related and a copy of the veteran's honorable discharge. If the property appraiser denies the request for a discount, the appraiser must notify the applicant in writing of the reasons for the denial, and the veteran may reapply. The Legislature may, by general law, waive the annual application requirement in subsequent years. This subsection is selfexe cuting and does not require implementing legislation.

(f) By general law and subject to conditions and limitations specified therein, the Legislature may provide ad valorem tax relief equal to the total amount or a portion of the ad valorem tax otherwise owed on homestead property to the:

(1) Surviving spouse of a veteran who died from serviceconnected causes while on active duty as a

member of the United States Armed Forces.

(2) Surviving spouse of a first responder who died in the line of duty.

(3) As used in this subsection and as further defined by general law, the term:

a. "First responder" means a law enforcement officer, a correctional officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic.

b. "In the line of duty" means arising out of and in the actual performance of duty required by employment as a first responder.


ARTICLE XII

SCHEDULE


Additional ad valorem exemption for persons age sixtyfive or older.�This section and the amendment to Section 6 of Article VII revising the just value determination for the additional ad valorem tax exemption for persons age sixtyfive or older shall take effect January 1, 2017, following approval by the electors, and shall operate retroactively to January 1, 2013, for any person who received the exemption under paragraph (2) of Section 6(d) of Article VII before January 1, 2017.

Aug. 30, Sept. 27, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE
Published: 9/27/2016

10956

ENMIENDAS CONSTITUCIONALES PROPUESTAS SOBRE LAS

QUE SE VOTAR� EL 8 DE NOVIEMBRE

DEL 2016

AVISO DE ELECCI�N


Yo, Ken Detzner, Secretario de Estado del Estado de la Florida, por el presente notifico que se llevar�n a cabo elecciones en cada condado de la Florida, el 8 de noviembre del 2016, para la aprobaci�n o el rechazo de una propuesta modificaci�n de la constituci�n del Estado de la Florida.


N� 1

ENMIENDA

CONSTITUCIONAL

ART�CULO X, SECCI�N 29

(INICIATIVA)


T�tulo de la boleta:

Derechos de los consumidores de electricidad respecto a la elecci�n de la Energ�a Solar.


Resumen de la boleta:

Esta enmienda establece, bajo la constituci�n de Florida, el derecho de los consumidores a poseer o arrendar un equipo solar instalado en su propiedad para la generaci�n de su propia electricidad. El gobierno estatal y el gobierno local mantienen la potestad de proteger los derechos de los consumidores y la salud p�blica, la seguridad y el bienestar, y garan tizan que los consumidores que no deseen la instalaci�n solar no deban subsidiar los costos de la electricidad de reserva ni el acceso a la red de suministro el�ctrico de aquellos que s� lo hacen.


Declaraci�n sobre impacto financiero:

Esta enmienda no debiera aumentar ni disminuir los ingresos o costos del gobierno estatal ni del gobierno local.


Texto completo:


ART�CULO X

Miscel�neas


Secci�n 29 � Derechos de los consumidores de electricidad respecto a la elecci�n de la Energ�a Solar. �

(a) ESTABLECIMIENTO DEL DERECHO CONSTITUCIONAL. Los consumidores de electricidad tienen el derecho de poseer o arrendar un equipo solar instalado en su propiedad para la generaci�n de su propia electricidad.

(b) SOBRE LAS POTESTADES DEL GOBIERNO ESTATAL Y DEL GOBIERNO LOCAL. El gobierno estatal y el gobierno local mantienen la potestad de proteger los derechos de los consumidores y la salud p�blica, la seguridad y el bien estar, y garantizan que los consumidores que no deseen la instalaci�n solar no deban subsidiar los costos de la electricidad de reserva ni el acceso a la red de suministro el�ctrico de quienes s� lo hacen.

(c) DEFINICIONES. Para los prop�sitos de esta secci�n, las siguientes palabras y t�rminos deben ser entendidos de la siguiente manera:

(1) "consumidor" es cualquier usuario final de electricidad independientemente de la fuente de esa energ�a.

(2) "equipo solar," "equipamiento generador de energ�a solar", �instalaci�n solar" se utilizan indistintamente y se refieren a los paneles fotovoltaicos y a cualquier otro dispositivo o sistema que transforme la energ�a solar en electricidad.

(3) "energ�a de reserva" es la electricidad generada por una com pa��a de electricidad y utilizada por los consumidores de electricidad solar cuando �sta es insuficiente o no est� disponible, como en la noche, en los per�odos de baja generaci�n de electricidad solar o cuando su equipo no funciona.

(4) "arrendamiento", cuando el t�rmino es usado en el contexto del pago por el derecho de uso de un consumidor al due�o de un equipamiento generador de energ�a solar, es un acuerdo en el que el consumidor le abona al due�o/arren dador una serie de pagos peri�dicos para el uso del equipo, cuyo monto no var�a en relaci�n a la cantidad de electricidad producida por el equipamiento ni la utilizada por el consumidor/arrendatario.

(5) "red de suministro el�ctrico" es la red el�ctrica interconectada; consiste en las plantas de energ�a y otras instalaciones de generaci�n y transformaci�n, l�neas transmisoras y de distribuci�n, y todas las instalaciones que hacen que la electricidad est� disponible para todos los consumidores en Florida.

(6) "compa��a de electricidad" significa cual quier compa��a el�c trica municipal, pro piedad de los inversores o cooperativa el�ctrica rural que posea, mantenga u opere un sistema el�c trico de generaci�n, transmisi�n o distribuci�n dentro del estado.

(d) ENTRADA EN VIGENCIA. Esta sec ci�n ser� efectiva inmediatamente des pu�s de la aprobaci�n de esta enmienda mediante el voto.


N� 2

ENMIENDA

CONSTITUCIONAL

ART�CULO X, SECCI�N 29

(INICIATIVA)


T�tulo de la boleta:

Uso de la marihuana para condiciones m�dicas degenerativas


Resumen de la boleta:

Permite la utilizaci�n m�dica de la marihuana para aquellos individuos con con diciones m�dicas degenerativas diagnosticadas por un m�dico licenciado en Florida. Permite a los cuida dores asistir a los pacientes en el uso m�dico de la marihuana. El Departamento de Salud debe certificar y regular los centros que producen y distribuyen la marihuana y debe expedir documentos de identificaci�n para los pacientes y cuida dores. Se aplica �nicamente para la ley de Florida. No invalida las violaciones de la ley federal o cualquier uso no medicinal, posesi�n o producci�n de marihuana.


Declaraci�n sobre impacto financiero:

No puede determinarse el aumento de los costos para el gobierno estatal y el gobierno local debido a esta enmienda. Habr� costos adicionales de regulaci�n y por las actividades de implementaci�n asociadas con la producci�n, venta, uso y posesi�n de la marihuana medicinal. Los aranceles podr�an compensar algunos de los costos regulatorios. Los impuestos sobre las ventas probablemente se apliquen a la mayor�a de las compras, lo que dar�a como resultado un aumento sustancial pero dif�cil de precisar de los ingresos del gobierno estatal y local. Tampoco se puede determinar el impacto en los ingresos por los impuestos a la propiedad.


Texto completo:


ART�CULO X

Miscel�neas


SECCI�N 29.� Producci�n, posesi�n y uso de la marihuana medicinal.

(a) POL�TICA P�BLICA.

(1) El uso medicinal de la marihuana por parte de un paciente califi cado o un cuidador, en el cumplimiento de esta secci�n, no est� sujeto a la responsabilidad criminal ni civil o a sanci�n alguna bajo la ley de Florida.

(2) El m�dico que expida un certificado para el cuidado razonable de una persona diagnosticada con una condici�n m�dica degenerativa, no tendr� responsabilidad civil o criminal o sanci�n alguna bajo la ley de Florida s�lo por la ello, de acuerdo a esta sec ci�n.

(3) Las acciones y conductas de un Centro de Tratamiento M�dico con Marihuana certificado por el Departamento, o sus agentes o empleados, y de acuerdo con esta secci�n y las regulaciones del Departamento, no estar�n sujetas a la responsabilidad civil ni criminal, o a sanci�n alguna bajo la ley de Florida.

(b) DEFINICIONES. Para los prop�sitos de esta secci�n, las siguientes palabras y t�rminos deben tener los siguientes significados:

(1) �Condici�n m�dica degenerativa� significa c�ncer, epilepsia, glaucoma, ser positivo en el virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH), s�n drome de inmunodefi ciencia adquirida (SIDA), trastorno de estr�s posttraum�tico (TEPT), esclerosis lateral amiotr�fica (ELA), enfermedad de Crohn, Parkinson, m�ltiples esclerosis u otras condiciones m�dicas degenerativas del mismo tipo o clase o comparables con las enumeradas, y para las que un m�dico considere que el uso de la marihuana medicinal pueda contrarrestar los riesgos potenciales en la salud del paciente.

(2) �Departamento� refiere al Departamento de Salud o a su agencia representante.

(3) �Documento de identificaci�n� es una credencial expedida por el Departamento que identifica a los pacientes calificados o a los cuidadores.

(4) �Marihuana� tiene el significado dado al cannabis en la Secci�n 893.02(3), Estatuto de Florida (2014), y, adem�s, tambi�n se debe incluir �cannabis con bajo THC� como es definido en la Secci�n 381.986(1)(b), Estatuto de Florida (2014).

(5) �Centro de Tratamiento M�dico con Marihuana� (CTMM) es una instituci�n que adquiere, cultiva, posee, procesa (incluido el desarrollo de productos relacionados, como comida, tinturas, aerosoles, aceites o pomadas), transfiere, transporta, vende, distribuye, reparte o administra marihuana, productos que tienen marihuana, suministros relacionados o material educacional, a pacientes calificados o a sus cuidadores, y que est� certificado por el Departamento.

(6) �Uso m�dico� significa la adquisici�n, posesi�n, uso, entrega, transferencia o administraci�n de una can tidad de marihuana, que no est� en conflicto con las reglas del Departamento, o de los suministros relacionados, por un paciente calificado o cuidador para el uso del paciente calificado para el tratamiento de su condici�n m�dica degenerativa.

(7) �Cuidador� es una persona que tiene, por los menos, veinti�n (21) a�os de edad, que ha acordado ayudar con la utilizaci�n de la marihuana medicinal en los pacientes calificados y que se ha capacitado y ha obtenido un documento de identificaci�n certificado por el Departamento. El Departamento puede limitar la cantidad de pacientes calificados que un cuidador puede asistir al mismo tiempo, as� como tambi�n el n�mero de cuidadores que puede tener un paciente calificado. Est� terminantemente prohibido el consumo de marihuana obtenida para el uso medicinal de los pacientes calificados por parte de los cuidadores.

(8) �M�dico� es la persona matriculada para practicar la medicina en Florida.

(9) �Certificado m�dico� es un documento escrito, firmado por un m�dico que indica que, de acuerdo a la opini�n profesional del m�dico, el paciente sufre de una condici�n m�dica degenerativa y que el uso medicinal de la marihuana podr�a ayudar a contrarrestar los potenciales riesgos para su salud, por lo que el m�dico recom ienda su utilizaci�n. El certificado m�dico s�lo puede ser provisto luego de que el m�dico haya realizado un examen f�sico y una evaluaci�n completa de la historia cl�nica del paciente. Para que Un m�dico pueda emitir un certificado a nombre de un menor, su padre o responsable legal debe consentirlo por escrito.

(10) �Paciente calificado� es una persona que ha sido diagnosticada con una condici�n m�dica degenerativa, que posee un certificado m�dico y un documento v�lido que lo identifica como paciente calificado. Si el Departamento no comienza la emisi�n de los documentos de identificaci�n luego de nueve (9) meses de la fecha efectiva de esta secci�n, entonces servir� como documento de identificaci�n del paciente el certificado m�dico v�lido con el objetivo de que esa persona sea considerada un �paciente calificado� hasta que el Departamento emita los documentos de identificaci�n.

(c) LIMITACIONES.

(1) Nada en esta secci�n permite la violaci�n de ninguna otra ley para el cumpli miento de las previsiones de esta secci�n.

(2) Nada en esta secci�n debe afectar o revocar las leyes relacionadas con la posesi�n, la producci�n, la venta o el uso no medicinal de la marihuana.

(3) Nada en esta secci�n autoriza el uso de la marihuana medicinal por parte de otra persona que no sea el paciente calificado.

(4) Nada en esta secci�n permite la operaci�n de ning�n veh�culo, aeronave, tren o bote bajo la influencia de la marihuana.

(5) Nada en esta secci�n implica la violaci�n de la ley federal o pretende dar inmunidad ante la misma.

(6) Nada en esta secci�n exige el establecimiento de ninguna facilidad para el uso medicinal de la marihuana en una instituci�n correccional, en un centro de detenci�n o lugar de educaci�n o empleo, o fumar marihuana medicinal en un alg�n lugar p�blico.

(7) Nada en esta secci�n requiere de un proveedor de seguros m�dicos o del reembolso de los gastos relacionados con el uso medicinal de la marihuana por parte de cualquier agencia gubernamental o autori dad.

(8) Nada en esta secci�n afecta o revoca las leyes relacionadas con la negligencia o mala praxis profesional de un paciente calificado, un cuidador, un m�dico, un CTMM o sus agentes o empleados.

(d) OBLIGACIONES DEL DEPARTAMENTO. El Departamento debe dictar las regulaciones necesarias para la implementaci�n y ejecuci�n de esta secci�n. El prop�sito de las regulaciones es asegurar la disponi bilidad y el uso seguro de la marihuana medicinal por parte de los pacientes calificados. El deber del Departamento es promulgar las regulaciones en el momento oportuno.

(1) Implementaci�n de las Regulaciones. Con el objetivo de darle al Departamento el tiempo suficiente tras la aprobaci�n de esta secci�n, las siguientes regulaciones deben ser promulgadas antes de los seis (6) meses de la fecha efectiva de esta secci�n:

a. Los procedimientos para la expedici�n y renovaci�n anual de los documentos de identificaci�n de las personas con certificados m�dicos y los requisitos para su renovaci�n. Para la emisi�n del documento de identificaci�n de un menor, el Departa mento debe recibir un consentimiento escrito del padre o responsable legal junto con el certificado m�dico.

b. Los procedimientos que establecen las calificaciones y est�ndares para los cuidadores, incluyendo el apropiado control de los antecedentes, y los procedimientos para la emisi�n y renovaci�n anual de su documento identificatorio.

c. Los procedimientos para la registraci�n de los CTMM, que incluyen los tr�mites para la emisi�n, renovaci�n, suspensi�n y anulaci�n del registro, y las normas para garantizar la seguridad, el mantenimiento de los registros, las pruebas, el etiquetado, la inspecci�n y la seguridad.

d. Una regulaci�n que defina la cantidad de marihuana que se considera adecuada para el uso de los pacientes calificados, basada en la mejor evidencia disponible. La pres unci�n en cuanto a la cantidad puede ser modificada si hay evidencia que indique que un paciente calificado puede necesitar una mayor cantidad.

(2) Documentos de identificaci�n y registros. El Departamento debe comenzar a emitir los documentos de identificaci�n de los pacientes calificados y de los cuidadores, y registrar a los CTMM antes de los nueve (9) meses de la fecha efectiva de esta secci�n.

(3) Si el Departamento no emite las regulaciones o si el Departamento no emite los documentos de identificaci�n ni registra los CTMM antes del tiempo estipulado en esta secci�n, cualquier ciudadano de Florida puede solicitar una reparaci�n judicial y obligar al Departamento a cumplir con sus obligaciones constitucionales.

(4) El Departamento debe proteger la confidencialidad de todos los pacientes califi cados. Todos los registros que contengan su identidad deben ser confidenciales y no pueden ser divulgados p�blicamente m�s que para validaciones m�dicas o con fines policiales.

(e) LEGISLACI�N. Nada en esta secci�n debe limitar a la legislatura de promulgar leyes consistentes con esta secci�n.

(f) DISOCIACI�N. Las disposiciones de esta secci�n son disocia tivas y si alguna cl�usula, sentencia, p�rrafo o secci�n de esta medida, o una aplicaci�n de la misma, es considerada inv�lida por un tribunal de jurisdicci�n competente, las restantes disposiciones deben continuar vigentes con el m�ximo alcance posible.


N� 3

ENMIENDA

CONSTITUCIONAL

ART�CULO VII, SECCI�N 6

ART�CULO XII

(LEGISLATIVO)


T�tulo de la boleta:

EXENCI�N DE IMPUESTOS PARA LOS SOCORRISTAS CON UNA DISCAPA CIDAD TOTAL


Resumen de la boleta:

Se propone una enmienda a la Constituci�n del Estado que autorice a los socorristas con una discapacidad total permanente, como consecuencia de las heridas provocadas durante el cumplimiento del deber, a recibir un reducci�n de los impuestos ad valorem estimados sobre las propiedades, si es autorizado por ley. Si es aprobado por los votantes, la enmienda entrar�a en vigencia el 1� de enero de 2017.


Texto completo:

ART�CULO VII

FINANZAS Y TRIBUTACI�N


SECCI�N 6. EXEN CIONES DE PROPIE DAD.�

(a) Toda persona que posea el titulo legal o de propiedad del inmueble y mantenga la residencia permanente como propietario del mismo, u otra dependencia legal o natural sobre el propietario, estar� exento del pago de impuestos, con excepci�n de aquellas asignaciones por beneficios especiales, hasta la valuaci�n estimada de veinticinco mil d�lares y de todas las exacciones excepto las correspondientes a las de escuelas de distrito, sobre una tasaci�n estimada superior a los cincuenta mil d�lares y hasta el valor de setenta y cinco mil d�lares, en un todo de acuerdo a los derechos establecidos por la ley. El inmueble puede conservarse a trav�s del t�tulo legal o de propiedad, en su totalidad, en conjunto, en com�n, como un condominio, o de manera indirecta por tenencia de acciones o la representaci�n del propie tario o del inter�s del propietario en una corporaci�n que sea propietaria de una comisi�n o el arren damiento inicial que haya excedido los noventa y nueve a�os. La exenci�n no se aplicar� a ninguna refinanciaci�n gravada hasta que se determine, por parte de una agencia del estado designada por ley, que dicha refinanciaci�n cumple con todas las provisiones de la secci�n 4. Esta exenci�n ser� revocada en la fecha efectiva de cualquier enmienda de la presente Ley que estipule una tasaci�n de la propiedad habitada a un valor menor que el valor de mercado.

(b) S�lo se permitir� una exenci�n para cualquier unidad individual o familiar o en relaci�n a cualquier unidad residencial. Ninguna exenci�n deber� superar el valor de la tasaci�n de la propiedad al due�o o, en el caso de propietarios a trav�s de acciones o de la pertenencia a una corporaci�n, el valor de la proporci�n en que el inter�s de la corporaci�n pueda soportar el valor de tasaci�n de la propiedad.

(c) Por ley y sujeto a las condiciones especificadas con anterioridad, la Legislatura puede proveerle a los inquilinos que sean residentes permanentes, una reducci�n del impuesto ad valorem en todas las exacciones del mismo. Tal exenci�n debe respetar el formato y el monto establecidos por la ley.

(d) La Legislatura puede, por ley, permitir a los condados o municipios, con el prop�sito de sus respectivas exacciones fiscales y sujeto a lo dispuesto en la ley, conceder una o ambas de las siguientes exenciones fiscales adicionales a la propiedad:

(1) Una exenci�n que no exceda los veinticinco mil d�lares a cualquier persona que posea el titulo legal o el t�tulo de propiedad del in mueble y mantenga la residencia permanente como propietario, que haya alcanzado los sesenta y cinco a�os y cuyo ingreso, tal como est� definido en la ley, no exceda los veinte d�lares; o

(2) Una exenci�n igual al valor de tasaci�n de la propiedad a una persona que tenga el t�tulo legal o el t�tulo de propiedad del in mueble con un valor de mercado inferior a doscientos cincuenta mil d�lares y que haya mantenido la residencia permanente del propietario por no menos de veinticinco a�os, haya alcanzado los sesenta y cinco a�os y cuyo ingreso no supere el l�mite de ingresos establecido en el p�rrafo (1).La ley debe permitir que los condados y municipios autoricen estas excep ciones adicionales, dentro de los l�mites establecidos en este inciso, por la ordenanza adoptada en la forma prescrita por la ley, y debe proporcionar el ajuste peri�dico de la limitaci�n de la renta estipulada en el presente inciso para cambios en el costo de vida.

(e) Todo aquellos veteranos de 65 a�os o m�s que tengan una discapacidad parcial, total o permanente deben recibir un descuento del monto del impuesto ad valorem contra�do sobre la propiedad del inmueble que el veterano posee y en la que reside, si su discap acidad fue producida en un combate y el veterano fue dado de baja honorablemente al momento de la finalizaci�n del servicio militar. El descuento debe ser un porcentaje igual al porcentaje de discap acidad permanente, producto de su actuaci�n en el servicio militar, y debe ser determinado por el Departamento de Asuntos Veteranos de los Estados Unidos. Para calificar para el descuento concedido por este inciso, el candidato debe presentarle a un tasador de la propiedad del condado, para el 1� de marzo, una carta oficial del Departamento de Asuntos Veteranos de los Estados Unidos que constate el porcentaje de la discapacidad del veterano y toda la evidencia que relacione de manera razonable a la discapacidad con el combate, y una copia del descargo honorable del veterano. Si el tasador de la propiedad rechaza el pedido de descuento, debe notificar por escrito al candidato cu�les fueron las razones de su rechazo, y el veterano puede volver a aplicar. La Legislatura puede, por ley, no exigir el requerimiento para las aplicaciones anuales en los a�os siguientes. Este inciso es de aplicaci�n directa y no requiere de implementaci�n legislativa.

(f) Por ley y sujeto a las condiciones y limitaciones especificadas, la Legislatura puede proporcionar una exenci�n al impuesto ad valorem que sea igual al monto total o a una porci�n del impuesto ad valorem contra�do sobre la propiedad de la vivienda a la:

(1) La esposa sobreviviente de un veterano que muri� por causas relacionadas con el servicio militar durante el cump limiento del deber como miembro de las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos.

(2) La esposa sobreviviente de un socorrista que muri� en cumplimiento del deber.

(3)Un socorrista que est� total y permanentemente discap acitado como resultado de una lesi�n o varias sufridas en el cum plimiento del deber. La conexi�n causal entre la discapacidad y el servicio en el cum plimiento del deber no se debe presumir sino que debe ser determinada conforme a lo dispuesto por la ley. A los efectos de este p�rrafo, el t�rmino "discapacidad " no incluye una condici�n cr�nica o una en fermedad cr�nica, a menos que la lesi�n sufrida en el cum plimiento del deber sea la �nica causa de la condici�n o en fermedad cr�nica. Tal como se usa en este inciso y tal como se describe en la ley, el t�rmino:

a . "Socorrista" significa un oficial de polic�a, un funcionario del correccional, un bombero, un t�cnico de emergencias m�dicas, o un param�dico, y el t�rmino.

b . "En la l�nea del deber" significa que surgi� del cum plimiento real requerido por el empleo como socorrista.


ART�CULO XII

PROGRAMA


La exenci�n impositiva para los socorristas con una discapacidad total y permanen temente.�La en mienda a la Secci�n 6 del Art�culo VII en relaci�n a la exenci�n de los impuestos ad valorem basados en la propiedad de la vivienda para los socorristas con una discapacidad total y permanente como consecuencia de las heridas sufridas en el cumplimiento del deber, entra en vigencia el 1� de enero de 2017.


PROPUESTA DE ENMIENDA CONSTITUCIONAL N� 4 APARECIDO

EL 30 DE AGOSTO DE 2016 BOLETA ELECCI�N PRIMARIA


N� 5

ENMIENDA

CONSTITUCIONAL

ART�CULO VII, SECCI�N 6

ARTICULO XII

(LEGISLATIVO)


T�tulo de la boleta:

EXENCI�N DE IMPUESTO A LA PROPIEDAD PARA LOS RESIDENTES MAYORES, DE BAJOS RECURSOS Y CON ANTIG�EDAD DE RESIDENCIA; DETERMINACI�N DEL VALOR DE MERCADO.


Resumen de la boleta:

Se propone una enmienda a la Constituci�n del Estado para revisar la exenci�n del impuesto a la propiedad que pueden conceder los condados o municipios para propiedades cuyo valor de mercado sea menor a $ 250.000 y cuyos due�os sean residentes mayores, de bajos recursos y con antig�edad de residencia, y para especificar que el valor de mercado est� determinado en el primer a�o de impuesto en el que el propietario aplica y que tiene derecho a la exenci�n. La enmienda entra en vigencia el 1� de enero de 2017, y se aplica retroactivamente a las exenciones concedidas antes del 1� de enero de 2017.


Texto completo:


ART�CULO VII

FINANZAS Y TRIBUTACI�N


SECCI�N 6. Excep ciones a la pro piedad.�

(a) Toda persona que posea el t�tulo legal o de propiedad del inmueble y mantenga la residencia permanente como propietario del mismo, u otra dependencia legal o natural sobre el propietario, estar� exento del pago de impuestos, con excepci�n de aquellas asignaciones por beneficios especiales, hasta la valuaci�n estimada de veinticinco mil d�lares y de todas las exacciones excepto las correspondientes a las de escuelas de distrito, sobre una tasaci�n estimada superior a los cincuenta mil d�lares y hasta el valor de setenta y cinco mil d�lares, en un todo de acuerdo a los derechos establecidos por la ley. El inmueble puede conservarse a trav�s del t�tulo legal o de propiedad, en su totalidad, en conjunto, en com�n, como un condominio, o de manera indirecta por tenencia de acciones o la representaci�n del pro pietario o del inter�s del propietario en una corporaci�n que sea propietaria de una comisi�n o el arren damiento inicial que haya excedido los noventa y nueve a�os. La exenci�n no se aplicar� a ninguna refinanciaci�n gravada hasta que se determine, por parte de una agencia del estado designada por ley, que dicha refinanciaci�n cumple con todas las provisiones de la secci�n 4. Esta exenci�n ser� revocada en la fecha efectiva de cualquier enmienda de la presente Ley que estipule una tasaci�n de la propiedad habitada a un valor menor que el valor de mercado.

(b) S�lo una exenci�n ser� permitida para cualquier unidad individual o familiar o en relaci�n a cualquier unidad residencial. Ninguna exenci�n deber� superar el valor de la tasaci�n de la propiedad al due�o o, en el caso de compra a trav�s de acciones o la pertenencia a una corporaci�n, el valor de la proporci�n en que el inter�s de la corporaci�n se paga con el valor de tasaci�n de la propiedad.

(c) Por ley y sujeto a las condiciones especificadas con anterioridad, la Legislatura puede proveerle a los inquilinos que sean residentes permanentes una reducci�n del impuesto ad valorem en todas las exacciones del mismo. Tal exenci�n debe respetar el formato y el monto establecidos por la ley.

(d) La Legislatura puede, por ley, permitir a los condados o municipios, con el prop�sito de sus respectivas exacciones fiscales y sujeto a lo dispuesto en la ley, conceder una o ambas de las siguientes exenciones fiscales adicionales a la propiedad:

(1) Una exenci�n que no exceda los veinticinco mil d�lares a una cualquier persona que tiene el t�tulo legal o el t�tulo de propiedad del in mueble y mantenga la residencia permanente como propietario, y que haya alcanzado los sesenta y cinco a�os, y cuyo ingreso, tal como est� definido en la ley, no exceda los veinte d�lares; o

(2) Una exenci�n igual al valor de tasaci�n de la propiedad a una cualquier persona que tiene el t�tulo legal o el t�tulo de propiedad del inmueble con un valor de mercado inferior a doscientos cincuenta mil d�lares, seg�n lo determinado en el primer a�o de impuestos en el que el propietario aplica y es beneficiario de la exenci�n, y que ha mantenido la residencia permanente del propietario por no menos de veinticinco a�os, y ha alcanzado los sesenta y cinco a�os, y cuyo ingreso no supere el l�mite de ingresos establecido en el p�rrafo (1).

La ley debe permitir que los condados y municipios autoricen estas excepciones adicionales, dentro de los l�mites establecidos en este inciso, por la ordenanza adoptada en la forma prescrita por la ley, y debe proporcionar el ajuste peri�dico de la limitaci�n de la renta estipulada en el presente inciso para cambios en el costo de vida.

(e) Todo aquellos veteranos de 65 a�os o m�s que tengan una discapacidad parcial, total o permanente deben recibir un descuento del monto del impuesto ad valorem contra�do sobre la propiedad del inmueble que el veterano posee y en la que reside, si su discap acidad fue producida en un combate y el veterano fue dado de baja honorablemente al momento de la finalizaci�n del servicio militar. El descuento debe ser un porcentaje igual al porcentaje de discap acidad permanente, relacionada con el servicio militar, determinado por el Departamento de Asuntos Veteranos de los Estados Unidos. Para calificar para el descuento concedido por este inciso, el candidato debe presentarle un tasador de la propiedad al condado para el 1� de marzo, una carta oficial del Departamento de Asuntos Veteranos de los Estados Unidos que constate el porcentaje de la discapacidad del veterano y toda la evidencia que identifique de manera razonable a la discapacidad con el combate, y una copia del honorable descargo del veterano. Si el tasador de la propiedad rechaza el pedido de descuento, debe notificarle por escrito al candidato las razones de su rechazo, y el veterano puede apelar. La Legislatura puede, por ley, no exigir el requerimiento para las aplicaciones anuales en los a�os siguientes. Este inciso es de aplicaci�n directa y no requiere de una implementaci�n legislativa.

(f) Por ley y sujeto a las condiciones y limitaciones aqu� especificadas, la Legislatura puede proporcionar una exenci�n al impuesto ad valorem igual al monto total o a una porci�n del impuesto ad valorem contra�do sobre la propiedad de la vivienda a la:

(1) La esposa sobreviviente de un veterano que muri� por causas relacionadas con el servicio militar durante el cum plimiento del deber como miembro de las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos.

(2) La esposa sobreviviente de un socorrista que muri� en cumplimiento del deber.

(3) Tal como se usa en este inciso y tal como se describe en la ley, el t�rmino:

a. "Socorrista" significa un oficial de polic�a, un funcionario del correccional, un bombero, un t�cnico de emergencias m�dicas, o un param�dico.

b . "En la l�nea del deber" significa que surgi� del cum plimiento real requerido por el empleo como socorrista.


ARTICULO XII

PROGRAMA


Exenciones adicionales del impuesto ad valorem para las personas de sesenta y cinco a�os o m�s. Esta secci�n y la enmienda a la Secci�n 6 del Art�culo VII respecto a la determinaci�n del valor de mercado para la exenci�n del impuesto ad valorem para personas de edad de sesenta y cinco a�os o m�s, empezar� a regir el 1� de enero de 2017, tras la aprobaci�n de los electores, y actuar� con car�cter retroactivo al 1� de enero de 2013, para cualquier persona que reciba la exenci�n prevista en el p�rrafo (2) de la Secci�n 6 (d) del Art�culo VII del 1� de enero de 2017.

Aug. 30, Sept. 27, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE
Published: 9/27/2016

11898

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR BAY COUNTY, FLORIDA

PROBATE DIVISION

File No. 2016 CP 576

Division: Probate


IN RE: ESTATE OF TERESA EDWARDS COOPER

Deceased.


NOTICE OF ACTION


TO: Michael David Pratt, Heir of the Estate of Teresa Edwards Cooper


YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an Amended Petition for Ancillary Summary Administration has been filed in the Bay County Probate Court and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, on Bentley M. Fisher, Esq., the petitioner's attorney, whose address is 508 E. Government St., Pensacola, FL 32502, on or before October 11, 2016, and file the original with the clerk of this court either before service on the plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise an Order of Summary Administration granting the relief requested will be entered without further notice.


DATED on September 8, 2016.


BILL KINSAUL

CLERK OF

THE CIRCUIT COURT


By: Jennifer Estrada

As Deputy Clerk

Pub: Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE
Published: 9/27/2016

11952

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAY COUNTY, FLORIDA

CASE NO.: 16000699CA


FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION ("FANNIE MAE"), A CORPORATION ORGANIZED AND EXISTING UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

Plaintiff,


vs.


AHMAD MUSTAFA A/K/A AHMAD MOHAMMAD MUSTAFA; KIM MUSTAFA A/K/A KIM RENE MUSTAFA;, UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION #1 and #2, etal.

Defendant(s).


NOTICE OF ACTION


TO: KIM MUSTAFA A/K/A KIM RENE MUSTAFA

(Current Residence Unknown)

(Last Known Ad dress(es))

3611 PHILLIPS LANE

PANAMA CITY, FL 32404


119S MACARTHUR AVE PANAMA CITY, FL 32401


621A HARPETH BEND DR NASHVILLE, TN 37221


5202 THORNTON LANE PANAMA CITY, FL 32404


ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PARTIES, INCLUDING, IF A NAMED DEFENDANT IS DECEASED, THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES, THE SURVIVING SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, CREDITORS, AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING, BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THAT DEFENDANT, AND ALL CLAIMANTS, PERSONS OR PARTIES, NATURAL OR CORPORATE, OR WHOSE EXACT LEGAL STATUS IS UNKNOWN, CLAIMING UNDER ANY OF THE ABOVE NAMED OR DESCRIBED DEFENDANTS


(Last Known Address)

5202 THORNTON LANE

PANAMA CITY, FL 32404


YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property:


LOT 8 IN BLOCK "B", ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF CROWN POINT, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9, PAGE 104, IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF BAY COUNTY, FLORIDA.


A/K/A: 5202 THORNTON LANE, PANAMA CITY, FL 32404.


has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it, on Brian L. Rosaler, Esquire, POPKIN & ROSALER, P.A., 1701 West Hillsboro Boulevard, Suite 400, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442., Attorney for Plaintiff, within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the News Herald and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint.


IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY WHO NEEDS ANY ACOMMODATION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCEEDING, YOU ARE ENTITLED, AT NO COST TO YOU, TO THE PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. PLEASE CONTACT THE ADA COORDINATOR BY MAIL AT P.O. BOX 1089, PANAMA CITY, FL 32402 OR BY PHONE AT (850)7475338 AT LEAST SEVEN (7) DAYS BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED COURT APPEARANCE, OR IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIVING THIS NOTIFICATION IF THE TIME BEFORE THE SCHEDULED APPEARANCE IS LESS THAN SEVEN (7) DAYS. IF YOU ARE HEARING IMPAIRED, PLEASE CALL 711 OR EMAIL ADAREQUEST JUD14.FLCOURTS.ORG.


WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 13th day of September, 2016.


BILL KINSAUL

As Clerk of the Court


By: Debbie Roberson

As Deputy Clerk

File No.: 1542238

Pub: Sept. 20, 27, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE
Published: 9/27/2016

11956

NOTICE OF SALE


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT GULF COAST SELFSTOR AGE, INC. pursuant to F.S. 83.806 will offer for sale and will sell at public or private auction on October 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at 1310 W. 19th St and 2:00 p.m. at 1920 Sherman Ave., miscellaneous property located in Storage B58, B71, C127, E173, G238, S21, S29, S34 and S35 occupied by: Lena Hall, Blake Taylor, Chavelas Gonzalez, Sherry Bass, Edward Sampson, Teresa Youngblood, Heather Salas, James Moyers and Jonathon Hindall. We also reserve the right to cancel the sale without notice.


Gulf Coast

SelfStorage, Inc.

P.O. Box 2526

Panama City, FL 32402

Pub: Sept. 20, 27, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE
Published: 9/27/2016

12010

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAY COUNTY, FLORIDA

CIVIL ACTION

CASE NO. 16CA00015


REGIONS BANK, successor by merger with AmSouth Bank,

Plaintiff,


v.


BETTY J. WELLS a/k/a Betty Jean Wells, Unknown Spouse, if any, Of Betty J. Wells a/k/a Betty Jean Wells and Unknown Heirs and Unknown Parties, of Betty J. wells a/k/a Betty Jean Wells, deceased,

Defendants.


NOTICE OF ACTION


To: Betty J. Wells, deceased, Unknown Spouse, if any, Of Betty J. Wells a/k/a Betty Jean Wells and Unknown Heirs and Unknown Parties, of Betty J. wells a/k/a Betty Jean Wells, deceased


YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclosure a mortgage on the following property in Bay County, Florida:


Lots 19 and 20, Block A8, LYNN HAVEN, FLORIDA, as per plat thereof recorded in the Public Records of Bay County, Florida.


The street address of which is 1801 Montana Avenue, Lynn Haven, Florida, 32444.


(collectively the "Property").


has been filed against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any to it, on Plaintiff's attorney, whose name is STARLETT M. MASSEY, Esquire, McCumber, Daniels, Buntz, Hartig & Puig, P.A., 4401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33609, and file that original with the Clerk of the abovestyled Court within 30 days from the first publication, or you will defaulted and a judgement may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Amended Complaint In Rem.


WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on September 16, 2016.


Bill Kinsaul

Clerk of Circuit Court


By: Debbie Roberson

Deputy Clerk

Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE
Published: 9/27/2016

12014

PUBLIC NOTICE


STATE OF FLORIDA

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPROVE

INDIVIDUAL PROJECT WITHIN ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT AREA


The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of its intent to approve an individual project of St. Joe Venture Crossings Leasing, LLC, 133 WaterSound Parkway, WaterSound Florida 32413, File Number 030300713009EA, an approximate 10 acre site within the Ecosystem Management Area established through the binding St. Joe Ecosystem Management Agreement for Bay and Walton Counties (EMA) entered into by The St. Joe Company and the Department on October 11, 2004, under the authority of Section 403.0752, F.S., for certain regulatory approvals for dredge and fill and stormwater activities within a 31,369 acre tract of land in Bay and Walton Counties.


The individual project approval is for a project known as Venture Crossings Bldg. 203. The project site is located south of Venture Crossings Blvd. at latitude 30�19'55" / longitude 85�48'23". The Department has determined that the applicant has provided reasonable assurance that the project complies with the terms of the EMA.


The application for this individual project approval, as well as the binding Ecosystem Management Agreement for Bay and Walton Counties, is available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department's Northwest District offices, 160 Government Center, Pensacola, Florida 325015794.


The Department's proposed agency action shall become final unless a timely petition for administrative hearing is filed under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes before the deadline for filing a petition. The procedures for petitioning for a hearing are set forth below.


Mediation is not available.


A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Depart ment's action may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes. Any challenge to the proposed agency action on the individual project shall be limited to whether or not the individual project complies with the terms of the EMA. The petition must contain the information set forth below and must be filed (received by the clerk) in the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 323993000.


Under subsection 62110.106(4) of the Florida Administrative Code, a person whose substantial interests are affected by the Depart ment's proposed action may also request an extension of time to file a petition for an administrative hearing. The Department may, for good cause, grant the request for an extension of time. Requests for extension of time must be filed with the Office of General Counsel of the Department �at 390 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 323993000, before the applicable deadline. A timely request for extension of time shall toll the running of the time period for filing a petition until the request is acted upon.


If a timely and sufficient petition for administrative hearing is filed, other persons whose substantial interest will be affected by the outcome of the administrative process have the right to petition to intervene in the proceeding. Intervention will be permitted only at the discretion of the presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance with rule 28106.205 of the Florida Administrative Code.


In accordance with subsections 28106.111(2) and 62110.106(3)(a), F.A.C., petitions for an administrative hearing by the applicant must be filed within 14 days of this notice. Petitions filed by any persons other than the applicant, and other than those entitled to written notice under Section 120.60(3) of the Florida Statutes, must be filed within 14 days of publication of this notice. Under section 120.60(3) of the Florida Statutes, however, any person who has asked the Department for notice of agency action may file a petition within 14 days of receipt of such notice, regardless of the date of publication.


The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of filing. The failure of any person to file a petition for an administrative hearing within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that person's right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes.

Pub: Sept. 27, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE
Published: 9/27/2016

12024

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR BAY COUNTY, FLORIDA

GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION

CASE NO. 16000786CA


US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,

Plaintiff,


vs.


KYLE W. SPEAKER AND LINDSEY N. LANGE. et. al.

Defendant(s),


NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE


TO: LINDSEY N. LANGE and UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF LINDSEY N. LANGE

whose residence is unknown and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein.


YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property:


THE NORTH 2.5 FEET OF LOT 10, ALL OF LOT 9, AND THE SOUTH 30 FEET OF LOT 8, BLOCK 68, BUNKER'S COVE BEING H.L. SUDDUTH'S FOURTH ADDITION TO PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA, LOCATED IN SECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 4 SOUTH, RANGE 14 WEST, ACCORDING TO THE MAP THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 72, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF BAY COUNTY, FLORIDA.


has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on counsel for Plaintiff, whose address is 6409 Congress Avenue, Suite 100, Boca Raton, Florida 33487 on 30 days from Date of First Publication of this Notice and file the original with the clerk of this court either before service on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition filed herein.


WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court at Bay County, Florida, this 16 day of September, 2016.


BILL KINSAUL

CLERK OF THE

CIRCUIT COURT


BY: Debbie Roberson

DEPUTY CLERK


Robertson, Anschutz, & Schneid, PL

6409 Congress Ave., Suite 100

Boca Raton, FL 33487

PRIMARY EMAIL: mailrasflaw.com

File No.: 16100554

Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE
Published: 9/27/2016

12056

PUBLIC NOTICE


STATE OF FLORIDA

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPROVE

INDIVIDUAL PROJECT WITHIN ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT AREA


The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of its intent to approve an individual project of The St. Joe Company, 133 WaterSound Parkway, WaterSound Florida 32413, File Number 030138175007EA, Phase 2B, an approximate 4.8 acre site within the Ecosystem Management Area established through the binding St. Joe Ecosystem Management Agreement for Bay and Walton Counties (EMA) entered into by The St. Joe Company and the Department on October 11, 2004, under the authority of Section 403.0752, F.S., for certain regulatory approvals for dredge and fill and stormwater activities within a 31,369 acre tract of land in Bay and Walton Counties.


The individual project approval is for a project known as Colony Club Connector Roadway. The project site is located on the north side of U.S. Highway 98 between the existing Colony Club subdivision at Fairway Blvd. and Nautilus Street, in Sections 21, 22, Township 3 South, Range 16 West, in Bay County, FL at latitude 30� 12' 44.5" N and longitude 85� 50' 51.5" W. The Department has determined that the applicant has provided reasonable assurance that the project complies with the terms of the EMA.


The application for this individual project approval, as well as the binding Ecosystem Management Agreement for Bay and Walton Counties, is available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department's Northwest District offices, 160 Government Center, Pensacola, Florida 325015794.


The Department's proposed agency action shall become final unless a timely petition for administrative hearing is filed under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes before the deadline for filing a petition. The procedures for petitioning for a hearing are set forth below.


Mediation is not available.


A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Depart ment's action may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes. Any challenge to the proposed agency action on the individual project shall be limited to whether or not the individual project complies with the terms of the EMA. The petition must contain the information set forth below and must be filed (received by the clerk) in the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 323993000.


Under subsection 62110.106(4) of the Florida Administrative Code, a person whose substantial interests are affected by the Depart ment's proposed action may also request an extension of time to file a petition for an administrative hearing. The Department may, for good cause, grant the request for an extension of time. Requests for extension of time must be filed with the Office of General Counsel of the Department �at 390 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 323993000, before the applicable deadline. A timely request for extension of time shall toll the running of the time period for filing a petition until the request is acted upon.


If a timely and sufficient petition for administrative hearing is filed, other persons whose substantial interest will be affected by the outcome of the administrative process have the right to petition to intervene in the proceeding. Intervention will be permitted only at the discretion of the presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance with rule 28106.205 of the Florida Administrative Code.


In accordance with subsections 28106.111(2) and 62110.106(3)(a), F.A.C., petitions for an administrative hearing by the applicant must be filed within 14 days of this notice. Petitions filed by any persons other than the applicant, and other than those entitled to written notice under Section 120.60(3) of the Florida Statutes, must be filed within 14 days of publication of this notice. Under section 120.60(3) of the Florida Statutes, however, any person who has asked the Department for notice of agency action may file a petition within 14 days of receipt of such notice, regardless of the date of publication.


The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of filing. The failure of any person to file a petition for an administrative hearing within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver of that person's right to request an administrative determination (hearing) under sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Florida Statutes.

Pub: Sept. 27, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE
Published: 9/27/2016

12058

ADVERTISEMENT

FOR BIDS


Notice to Receive Sealed Bids for:

CITY OF CALLAWAY, FLORIDA

LIFT STATION CA4 REHABILITATION


The Project consists of improvements to the existing lift station for the City of Callaway, Florida. Lift Station CA4 Improvements will include a new protective liner system, new pumps, new pump rails and replacement of check and plug valves with associated fittings. The project also has an Additive Alternate to make repairs to an existing manhole and a point repair of an existing gravity sewer main located at the lift station site. The CONTRACTOR shall provide all materials, equipment, and labor to complete the project.


The City of Callaway will receive Sealed Bids for the construction of the City of Callaway, Lift Station CA 4 Rehabilitation Improvements project, at the City of Callaway's City Hall located at 6601 East Highway 22, Callaway, Florida 32404, until 11:00 a.m. (CST) on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at which time the Bids received will be "pub licly" opened and read. All Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked:


"Sealed Bid: City of Callaway Lift Station CA4 Rehabilitation


Bids will be received for a single prime Contract. Bids shall be on a lump sum and unit price basis, with additive alternate bid items as indicated in the Bid Form.


The Issuing Office for the Bidding Documents is: Dewberry|Preble Rish. Prospective Bidders may purchase printed copies of the Bidding Documents at 203 Aberdeen Parkway, Panama City Florida, 32444 Monday through Friday between 8:30am5:00pm. A nonrefundable deposit of $100.00 for each set is required at the time of pickup. Checks for Bidding Documents shall be payable to "Dewberry| PrebleRish". Partial sets of Bidding Documents will not be available from the Issuing Office. Neither Owner nor Engineer will be responsible for full or partial sets of Bidding Documents, including any Addenda, obtained from sources other than the Issuing Office.


Bid security shall be furnished in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders.


A Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the Bid shall accompany the Bid. The City of Callaway reserves the right to reject any and all bids. The City also reserves the right to reject contractors who in the City's opinion are not qualified to perform the work. All Bids shall be firm for a period of 90 days after opening. This includes material prices. The bid must conform to Section 287.133(3) Florida Statutes, on public entity crimes.


Point of Contact will be Jonathan Sklarski and/ or Eric Pitts, Project Managers, Dewberry| PrebleRish and can be reached at 850.522. 0644 or Fax 850.522. 1011, or by email at jsklarskidewberry.com or epittsdewberry. com


All bidders shall comply with all applicable state and local laws concerning licensing, registration, and regulations of contractors doing business in Florida. The City shall award the contract to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder; provided however, the City reserves the right to award the contract to a bidder who is not the lowest responsive and responsible bidder if the City determines in its reasonable discretion that another bid offers the City a better value based upon the reliability, quality of service, or product of such other bidder.

Sept. 27, 28, 29, 2016