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Florida City of Jacksonville, Amendment 7 (1934)

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The Florida City of Jacksonville Amendment, also known as Amendment 7, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved by voters in the general election on November 6, 1934.

This amendment modified Article VIII of the Florida Constitution to allow the Legislature to establish, alter or abolish, a municipal corporation known as the City of Jacksonville.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 7 (1934)
Approveda Yes 63,976 65.52%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1933-1934)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:


Proposing to Amend Article VIII of the Constitution Relative to Cities and Counties, by Adding Thereto an Additional Section to be Known as Section 9, Authorizing the Legislature to Establish, Alter or Abolish, a Municipal Corporation to be Known as the City of Jacksonville, Extending Territorially Throughout the Present Limits of Duval County, in the Place of Any or All County, District, Municipal and Local Governments, Boards, Bodies and Officers, Constitutional or Statutory, Legislative, Executive, Judicial, or Administrative, and to Prescribe the Jurisdiction, Powers, Duties and Functions of Such Corporation and its Departments Boards and Officers; and to Divide, the Territory Thereof into Districts, and Prescribe a Just and Reasonable System of Taxation for the Municipality and Districts and Fix the Liabilities Thereof; Providing that the Bonded and Indebtedness Existing at the Time of Establishment Thereof Shall Be Enforceable Only Against Property Theretofore Taxable Therefor; Authorizing the Legislature from Time to Time to Determine What Portion of said Municipality is a Rural Area, and providing that a Homestead in such Rural Area Shall not be Limited as if in a City or Town; Proving that such Municipality Might Exercise all the Powers of a Municipal Corporation, Be Recognized as One of the Legal Political Divisions of the State with the Duties and Obligations of a County, and Entitled to the Same Powers, Rights, and privileges, including Representation in the State Legislature, Which Would Accrue to It If It Were a County, and Providing that all the Property or Duval County and of the Municipalities Therein Shall Vest in such Municipal Corporation When Established; and that the Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court and Sheriff Shall Not be Abolished, But the Legislature Shall provide for Filling the Same, and the Compensation to be paid, and May Vest in Them Additional Powers and Duties; Providing That No County Office Shall Be Abolished or Consolidated Without Provisions for the Performance of all State Duties Performable by Such County Officer; Providing that Nothing Contained Herein Shall Affect Section 20 of Article III of the Constitution with Certain Exceptions; Providing that No Law Authorizing the Establishing or Abolishing of Such Municipal Corporation Shall Become Effective Until Approved by a Majority of the Qualified Electors Participating in an Election held in said County, But that if Established, the Legislature May Amend or Extend the Law Authorizing the Same Without Referendum, Unless the Legislature Shall Provide for Such Referendum.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

Section 9. The Legislature shall have power to establish, alter or abolish, a Municipal corporation to be known as the City of Jacksonville, extending territorially throughout the present limits of Duval County, in the place of any or all county, district, municipal and local governments, boards, bodies and officers, constitutional or statutory, legislative, executive, judicial, or administrative, and shall prescribe the jurisdiction, powers, duties and functions of such municipal corporation, its legislative, executive, judicial and administrative departments and its boards, bodies and officers; to divide the territory included in such municipality into subordinate districts, and to prescribe a just and reasonable system of taxation for such municipality and districts; and to fix the liability of such municipality and districts. Bonded and other indebtedness, existing at the time of the establishment of such municipality, shall be enforceable only against property theretofore taxable therefor. The Legislature shall, from time to time, determine what portion of said municipality is a rural area, and a homestead in such rural area shall not be limited as if in a city or town. Such municipality may exercise all the powers of a municipal corporation and shall also be recognized as one of the legal political divisions of the State with the duties and obligations of a county and shall be entitled to all the powers, rights and privileges, including representation in the State Legislature, which would accrue to it if it were a county. All property of Duval County and of the municipalities in said county shall vest in such municipal corporation when established as herein provided. The offices of Clerk of the Circuit Court and Sheriff shall not be abolished but the Legislature may prescribe the time when, and the method by which, such offices shall be filled and the compensation to be paid to such officers and may vest in them additional powers and duties. No county office shall be abolished or consolidated with another office without making provision for the performance of all State duties now or hereafter prescribed by law to be performed by such county officer. Nothing contained herein shall affect Section 20 of Article III of the Constitution of the State of Florida, except as to such provisions therein as relate to regulating the jurisdiction and duties of any class of officers, to summoning and impanelling grand and petit juries, to assessing and collecting taxes for county purposes and to regulating the fees and compensation of county officers. No law authorizing the establishing or abolishing of such Municipal corporation pursuant to this section, shall become operative or effective until approved by a majority of the qualified electors participating in an election held in said County, but so long as such Municipal corporation exists under this Section the Legislature may amend or extend the law authorizing the same without referendum to the qualified voters unless the Legislative act providing for such amendment or extension shall provide for such referendum.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot as Senate Joint Resolution 113 of 1933.
  • The amendment was approved for the ballot on May 25, 1933.[1]

See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-6-34"
  2. The Miami News, "Educational Ballot," November 5, 1934
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.