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Legislature's initiatives lined up for ballot

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ballot numbers have been assigned to three proposed constitutional amendments that lawmakers approved to put before voters this year.

Amendment 3 on the November ballot will be a measure (HJR 1009) that, if approved by voters, would lead to property-tax exemptions for first responders who are totally and permanently disabled because of injuries suffered in the line of duty.

Amendment 4 will be a measure (HJR 193) that could give commercial property owners a tax break on renewable energy devices.

Lawmakers approved an accompanying bill (HB 195) that, if signed by Gov. Rick Scott, would put that amendment on the Aug. 30 primary-election ballot.

Amendment 5, which will appear on the November ballot, is a measure (HJR 275) aimed at allowing low-income seniors to continue receiving an additional homestead tax exemption when their property values rise.

Ballot numbers were assigned earlier for two other initiatives that stem from petition drives.

Amendment 2 would broadly legalize medical marijuana in the state, while Amendment 1 deals with solar-energy issues.

A group backing the solar amendment still needs Florida Supreme Court approval of its proposed ballot wording.