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Florida Appointment Process for State University System Board of Governors Revision, Amendment 12 (2012)

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Amendment 12
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Florida Constitution
Referred by:Florida State Legislature
Topic:Government Administration
Status:Defeatedd

Amendment 12, also known as the Florida Appointment Process for State University System Board of Governors Revision Amendment, was on the November 6, 2012, state ballot in Florida as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. If enacted this amendment would have replaced the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents as the student member of the Board of Governors of the State University System. The amendment also would have required that the Board of Governors create a council of state university student body presidents. The measure was sponsored by state Representative Shawn Harrison.[1]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
Florida Amendment 12
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No4,306,06858.45%
Yes 3,060,425 41.55%

These results are certified and final.

Results via the Florida Department of Election's website.

Text of measure

The official ballot text read as follows:[2]

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

ARTICLE IX, SECTION 7

APPOINTMENT OF STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT TO BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM.—i>Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to replace the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents as the student member of the Board of Governors of the State University System and to require that the Board of Governors organize such council of state university student body presidents. </i>

Support

According to the Collins Center for Public Policy, supporters argued that the amendment allows each university to have a chance to have their student body president be named as a representative of the Board of Governors.[3]

Opposition

According to the Collins Center for Public Policy, opponents primarily argued that the amendment is simply unnecessary.[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing ballot measures in Florida

In order to qualify for the November 2012 ballot the proposed amendment required approval by a minimum of 60% in the both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate.

On March 5, 2012, the house passed the bill on a vote of 114-0, thereby passing it on to the senate.[1]

On March 8, 2012, the senate approved the measure 37-3, it was then filed with the Secretary of State on April 13.[1]

Timeline

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The following is a timeline of events surrounding the measure:

Event Date Developments
Approval Mar. 5, 2012 The House voted 114-0 in favor of the measure.
Final approval Mar. 8, 2012 Senate gave final approval with a 37-3 vote of approval to refer the measure to the statewide ballot.

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