Florida Senate - 2017 SJR 74 By Senator Clemens 31-00135-17 201774__ 1 Senate Joint Resolution 2 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 4 3 of Article VI of the State Constitution to restore the 4 rights to vote and hold office of certain convicted 5 felons upon completion of sentence. 6 7 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 8 9 That the following amendment to Section 4 of Article VI of 10 the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to 11 the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next 12 general election or at an earlier special election specifically 13 authorized by law for that purpose: 14 15 ARTICLE VI 16 SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS 17 SECTION 4. Disqualifications.— 18 (a) No person convicted of a felony, or adjudicated in this 19 or any other state to be mentally incompetent, shall be 20 qualified to vote or hold office, except: 21 (1) If convicted of a felony involving a sexual offense or 22 a felony involving a homicide, upon restoration of the person’s 23 civil rights; 24 (2) If convicted of any felony not specified in paragraph 25 (1), upon the person’s completion of sentence; or 26 (3) If adjudicated mentally incompetent, upon
until27 restoration of civil rights orremoval of disability. 28 (b) No person may appear on the ballot for re-election to 29 any of the following offices: 30 (1) Florida representative, 31 (2) Florida senator, 32 (3) Florida lieutenant governor, 33 (4) any office of the Florida cabinet, 34 (5) U.S. Representative from Florida, or 35 (6) U.S. Senator from Florida 36 37 if, by the end of the current term of office, the person will 38 have served (or, but for resignation, would have served) in that 39 office for eight consecutive years. 40 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 41 placed on the ballot: 42 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 43 ARTICLE VI, SECTION 4 44 RESTORATION OF CERTAIN FELONS’ RIGHTS TO VOTE AND HOLD 45 OFFICE.—Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to 46 restore the rights to vote and hold office of a person convicted 47 of a felony, other than one involving a sexual offense or a 48 homicide, upon completion of sentence.