State Seal Issue Survey

Student Handout C


Generally. Article XI of the Florida Constitution sets forth five distinct methods of proposing amendments to the Constitution. The methods include amendment proposal by the state legislature, amendment proposal by the Constitution Revision Commission, amendment proposal by citizen initiative, amendment proposal by constitution convention, and lastly, amendment proposal by the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission. Since the adoption of the 1968 Constitution, the most successful method of amending the Constitution has been through the legislative method.

  1. Proposal by state legislature.

  2. Proposal by citizen initiative.

  3. Proposal by the Constitution Revision Commission.

  4. Proposal by Constitutional Convention.

  5. Proposal by the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission.



SECTION 2. Revision commission. --

(a) Within thirty days after the adjournment of the regular session of the legislature convened in the tenth year following that in which this constitution is adopted, and each twentieth year thereafter, there shall be established a constitution revision commission composed of the following thirty-seven members:

(1) the attorney general of the state:

(2) fifteen members selected by the governor;

(3) nine members selected by the speaker of the house of representatives and nine members selected by the president of the senate; and

(4) three members selected by the chief justice of the supreme court of Florida with the advice of the justices.

(b) The governor shall designate one member of the commission as its chairman. Vacancies in the membership of the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments.

(c) Each constitution revision commission shall convene at the call of its chairman, adopt its rules of procedure, examine the constitution of the state, except for matters relating directly to taxation or the state budgetary process that are to be reviewed by the taxation and budget reform commission established in section 6, hold public hearings, and, not later than one hundred eighty days prior to the next general election, file with the secretary of state its proposal, if any, of a revision of this constitution or any part of it.

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