Florida Constitutional Amendments by Legislature, Amendment 2 (1942)

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The Florida Constitutional Amendments by Legislature Amendment, also known as Amendment 2, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved by voters in the general election on November 3, 1942.

This amendment modified Article XVII, Section 3, of the Florida Constitution to allow legislatively-referred constitutional amendments to be placed on the ballot with a three-fourths vote of both houses.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 2 (1942)
Approveda Yes 47,490 63.59%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1941-1942)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Question 2

Constitutional Amendment

Article XVII

To amend Article XVII of the Florida Constitution by adding Section 3 providing that proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution may be submitted to the electorate by a regular, special or extra session of the Legislature, by a three-fourths vote of all members elected to each House and providing for the calling of a special election within ninety days to act on such proposals.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

Section 3. If at any regular or special or extra session, the Legislature, by vote of three-fourths of all members elected to each House, shall determine that an emergency requiring an early decision by the electors of the State exists, an Amendment to this Constitution dealing with the subject matter of such emergency may be proposed, and if the proposed Amendment be agreed to by a three-fourths vote of all the members elected to each House, the same shall be entered upon their respective journals with the yeas and nays thereon. Thereupon, at the same session, the Legislature shall provide for a special election to be held not less than ninety nor more than one hundred eighty days after adjournment and for publication of notice thereof, at which special election the proposed Amendment shall be submitted to the electors of the State for approval or rejection; provided, that if a general election of Representatives is to occur within said period, such Amendment shall be submitted to the electors at such general election.

If a majority of the electors voting upon the proposed Amendment shall adopt the Amendment, the same shall become a part of this Constitution. This Amendment shall not be held to supersede or in anywise affect any existing provision of the Constitution relating to Amendments, but shall be regarded as an additional method of Amendment thereto.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot as Senate Joint Resolution 88 of 1941.
  • The amendment was approved by the Governor on May 5, 1941.
  • The amendment was filed in Office Secretary of State on May 5, 1941.[1]

See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-3-42"
  2. The Miami News, "Sample Ballot," November 1, 1942
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.