Amendment 9 Passes, Bans Offshore Drilling and Vaping
Floridians chose to permanently ban offshore drilling and workplace vaping.
Those were the two proposals bundled together in the statewide ballot item: Amendment 9.
A lawsuit claiming they didn’t belong together made its way to the state supreme court. The court ruled that this bundled amendment, number 9 could stay.
There is already a federal moratorium on drilling that includes Florida’s coastal waters.
But last year, the president issued an executive order encouraging more exploration off the coasts.
Amendment 9 would, no matter what the feds do, prevent drilling in state waters. About 3 miles off the Gulf Coast and 10 miles off the Atlantic Coast.
Meanwhile, the vaping ban builds on Florida’s existing ban on smoking at work and a lot of public places. Amendment nine added constitutional language about e-cigarettes—a technology that didn’t exist when Florida passed the Clean Indoor Air Act in 1985.
The amendment needed a 60 percent majority to pass. It got about 69 percent.
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