Florida Senate - 2012                                    SB 1700
       By Senator Smith
       29-00892-12                                           20121700__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to political parties; amending s.
    3         103.091, F.S.; authorizing certain political parties
    4         to conduct elections for members of their state or
    5         county executive committees independent of a county;
    6         requiring that a person qualify with the qualifying
    7         officer for the party in order to be a candidate in
    8         such elections; providing an effective date.
   10  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   12         Section 1. Subsection (4) of section 103.091, Florida
   13  Statutes, is amended to read:
   14         103.091 Political parties.—
   15         (4) A Any political party other than a minor political
   16  party may by rule provide for the membership of its state or
   17  county executive committee to be elected at an election
   18  conducted by and for the political party, which election is
   19  independent of the county. The election shall be held for 4-year
   20  terms at the primary election in August of each year that a
   21  presidential election is held. The members of an executive
   22  committee shall be elected to 4-year terms commencing shall
   23  commence on the first day of the month following the each
   24  presidential general election; but the names of candidates for
   25  political party offices shall not be placed on the ballot at any
   26  other election. The results of such election shall be determined
   27  by a plurality of the votes cast. In such event, Electors
   28  seeking to qualify for such office shall do so with the
   29  qualifying officer for the party Department of State or
   30  supervisor of elections not earlier than noon of the 71st day,
   31  or later than noon of the 67th day, preceding the primary
   32  election. The outgoing chair of each county executive committee
   33  shall, within 30 days after the committee members take office,
   34  hold an organizational meeting of all newly elected members for
   35  the purpose of electing officers. The chair of each state
   36  executive committee shall, within 60 days after the committee
   37  members take office, hold an organizational meeting of all newly
   38  elected members for the purpose of electing officers.
   39         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.