LPF Recommends Florida Votes No for Amendment 10

Sept. 20, 2018
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida


MIAMI – If approved, the “State and Local Government Structure Amendment” would make four separate unrelated changes to the Florida Constitution “bundled” together into a single vote. We oppose all four so recommend a NO vote for this Amendment.

Let’s take a brief look at each one:


Department of Veterans’ Affairs (Proposal 9) – Requires legislature to retain department of veterans’ affairs.

Libertarian Party of Florida Platform


    Providing for the needy by forcibly taxing others is contrary to the legitimate function of government, which is to protect the rights of everyone. Disbursing charity from a welfare system costs society more than it gains. It is inefficient, open to fraud and abuse, and creates resentment. Traditional, voluntary sources of emergency support from families, churches, and private charities have always been more humane, more effective, and willingly borne by the givers. Therefore, until the income tax is repealed, we advocate dollar-for-dollar tax credits for all charitable contributions to encourage a transition from public welfare to private support.


If approved, this proposal would make the Florida Department of Veteran’s Affairs permanent, removing the Legislature’s and your choices. Other options may come available or finances become strained, but this would require you to pay for it. It would also place the Governor and Cabinet at the head of the Department, further distancing voters. We agree our veterans deserve our compassion and support, but we disagree making any bureaucracy permanent. We oppose this proposal.


Counties; Schedule to Article VIII (Proposal 13) – Ensures election of sheriffs, property appraisers, supervisors of elections, tax collectors, and clerks of court in all counties; removes county charters’ ability to abolish, change term, transfer duties, or eliminate election of these offices.

Libertarian Party of Florida Platform


    Libertarians seek a society based on personal liberty and responsibility—a society in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives. This most desirable method of organizing society is the natural order that arises when the unalienable rights of individuals to life, liberty and property ownership are respected and protected.
    People have the right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and pursue happiness in whatever manner they choose so long as they do not forcibly or fraudulently interfere with the equal rights of others. Libertarians welcome the peace, prosperity, and diversity that freedom brings.


This obscurely-named proposal might be the most dangerous of the four. If this Amendment is approved, residents who choose to govern themselves would lose much of that choice. It would remove their ability to create alternatives to the offices of the Sheriff, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Clerk of Circuit Court. Voters in some Charter counties chose to make those positions part of their county government rather than separate offices. This amendment would force voters in those counties to shift control to autonomous officers. While the need for those responsibilities are debatable, we believe choice should always remain in the control of the local voter, not state government. We would vote NO for this proposal if we could.


Office of Domestic Security and Counter-Terrorism (Proposal 26) – Creates office of domestic security and counterterrorism within department of law enforcement.

Libertarian Party of Florida Platform


  1. We advocate a sunset law requiring an automatic end to most government offices, agencies, departments, laws, regulations, taxes, and expenditures within ten years if not reauthorized. We oppose the participation by the state of Florida in the Real ID Act or similar federal identification database mandates.
  1. Privacy – Just as it is true that the only economic situation consistent with individual rights is the free market, so is it also true that life, liberty and happiness cannot prosper under continuous state surveillance. The LPF opposes the use by the state of people or technology to monitor, account for, and keep Floridians under surveillance, especially where there is no evidence of criminal behavior, and thereby restrict the normal interaction of peoples. The LPF opposes passive, yet compulsory, surveillance legislation, such as laws that require individuals and businesses to report legal activities without evidence of criminal acts. The first, second, fourth, fifth and fourteenth amendments to the Constitution are all threatened by unfettered state surveillance. The LPF supports an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to protect the right of privacy of all citizens, a right that is implied throughout that document, so as to8 defend individuals from state intrusion, to limit state intervention in private lives, and allow the free exercise of liberty away from the overbearing power of government.
  2. We oppose compulsory surveillance without evidence of criminal acts. We support the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Art. I, Sect. 23 of the Florida Constitution, which protects the rights of privacy of all people.



This proposal creates a state Office of Domestic Security and Counter-Terrorism within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The Office must provide support for prosecutors and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies investigating or analyzing attempted acts of terrorism or terrorism. This will require paying for staff, vehicles, equipment and operational expenses at regional offices.

Acts of terrorism are extreme acts of violence against a society and should be prosecuted to the fullest. However, we are against this proposal because we oppose growth of government bureaucracy and growth of government intrusion.


Sessions of the legislature (Proposal 103) – The Florida Legislature would convene for regular session on the second Tuesday after the first Monday in January of each even-numbered year.

Libertarian Party of Florida Platform

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This proposal would require the legislature to convene the regular legislative session on the second Tuesday of January of even-numbered years. Currently, there is no law fixing the date for the Regular Session to convene in even numbered years. We would vote NO for this proposal as it forces state lawmakers to politic and meet in Tallahassee during the holiday season rather than spend the time with their families.



The Libertarian Party of Florida applauds citizens who come forward to recommend changes to their Constitution, but Amendment 10 and others show how horribly broken this system has become. There’s got to be a better way.

The LPF urges voters to reform the FCRC to assure citizens, not politicians, elect the “super-majority” of its members. The LPF urges “bundling” of proposals be discontinued. All unique proposals should be presented separately so voters can make decisions they desire, not those that are steered by political appointees.

– J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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