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.
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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