Ken Welch is Chairman of the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners; he represents District 7.
My positions on the 12 amendments
Amendment 1 – No: this amendment reduces local funding for public safety, housing, transportation; renters and two-thirds of homestead properties don’t benefit.
Amendment 2 – No: this amendment reduces local government funding; it should be a local decision.
Amendment 3 – No: this amendment limits means of placing amendments on the ballot.
Amendment 4 – Yes: this amendment gives a second change for ex-offenders to become full citizens.
Amendment 5 – No: this amendment limits ability for the Florida legislature to generate revenue, even in emergencies.
Amendment 6 – No: this amendment combines unrelated issues, including the mandatory retirement age for judges, crime victims’ rights, and court preemption.
Amendment 7 – No: this amendment combines unrelated issues, including the setting of university fees, death benefits for first responders, and the imbedding of decisions regarding the Florida College System into the state constitution.
Amendment 9 – No: this amendment preempts local decision-making for the types of constitutional officers elected by the people.
Amendment 10 – No: this amendment combines unrelated issues, including makes gun laws retroactive (including Stand Your Ground), immigrant property rights, and high-speed rail retraction.
Amendment 11 – No: per the Tampa Bay Times, “Some gun-rights groups see this as a way to ensure that the revised Stand Your Ground law, which requires prosecutors, not defendants, to meet the burden of proof in pretrial hearings, could be applied retroactively.
Amendment 12 – No: this amendment would impose a six-year ban on lobbying for former elected officials and government employees, an increase from the current two-year prohibition; I would support a shorter time period.
Amendment 13 – No: Greyhound racing should not be addressed in the Florida Constitution.