Florida Senate - 2018 SJR 978 By Senator Baxley 12-01364-18 2018978__ 1 Senate Joint Resolution 2 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 5 3 of Article XI of the State Constitution to increase 4 the percentage of elector votes required to approve an 5 amendment or a revision to the State Constitution from 6 60 percent to 66 and 2/3 percent. 7 8 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 That the following amendment to Section 5 of Article XI of 11 the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to 12 the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next 13 general election or at an earlier special election specifically 14 authorized by law for that purpose: 15 ARTICLE XI 16 AMENDMENTS 17 SECTION 5. Amendment or revision election.— 18 (a) A proposed amendment to or revision of this 19 constitution, or any part of it, shall be submitted to the 20 electors at the next general election held more than ninety days 21 after the joint resolution or report of revision commission, 22 constitutional convention or taxation and budget reform 23 commission proposing it is filed with the custodian of state 24 records, unless, pursuant to law enacted by the affirmative vote 25 of three-fourths of the membership of each house of the 26 legislature and limited to a single amendment or revision, it is 27 submitted at an earlier special election held more than ninety 28 days after such filing. 29 (b) A proposed amendment or revision of this constitution, 30 or any part of it, by initiative shall be submitted to the 31 electors at the general election provided the initiative 32 petition is filed with the custodian of state records no later 33 than February 1 of the year in which the general election is 34 held. 35 (c) The legislature shall provide by general law, prior to 36 the holding of an election pursuant to this section, for the 37 provision of a statement to the public regarding the probable 38 financial impact of any amendment proposed by initiative 39 pursuant to section 3. 40 (d) Once in the tenth week, and once in the sixth week 41 immediately preceding the week in which the election is held, 42 the proposed amendment or revision, with notice of the date of 43 election at which it will be submitted to the electors, shall be 44 published in one newspaper of general circulation in each county 45 in which a newspaper is published. 46 (e) Unless otherwise specifically provided for elsewhere in 47 this constitution, if the proposed amendment or revision is 48 approved by vote of at least sixty-six and two-thirds
sixty49 percent of the electors voting on the measure, it shall be 50 effective as an amendment to or revision of the constitution of 51 the state on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January 52 following the election, or on such other date as may be 53 specified in the amendment or revision. 54 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 55 placed on the ballot: 56 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 57 ARTICLE XI, SECTION 5 58 PERCENTAGE OF ELECTOR VOTES REQUIRED TO APPROVE 59 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT OR REVISION.—Proposing an amendment to 60 the State Constitution to increase the percentage of elector 61 votes required to approve an amendment or a revision to the 62 State Constitution from 60 percent to 66 and 2/3 percent.