Florida County Commissioner Term Limits Amendment (2012)

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A Florida County Commissioner Term Limits Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012 state ballot in Florida as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

The amendment would have specified that voters in a charter county do have the power to set term limits for constitutional officers and county commissioners.[1]

The proposal was filed in the House by Rep. John Wood and in the Senate by Sen. Jeremy Ring.[1]

"It would clarify that voters have the power through their county charter to set term limits for constitutional officers and county commissioners. I personally feel reading the constitution that common sense says voters have that right, but the courts have said otherwise, so we will just leave it up to the voters to decided," said Wood.[1]

The proposal was filed following several judicial rulings in the state of Florida that questioned whether the state constitution allowed voters in charter counties to set term limits on county officials.[1]

On January 18, the measure was approved by the House Community & Military Affairs Subcommittee and was passed onto the Economic Affairs Committee.[2][3]

Related lawsuit

On December 12, 2011 it was announced that the Florida Supreme Court agreed to hear a case (William Telli vs. Broward County) relating to term limits in charter counties. If the court rules that voter-imposed term limits are constitutional, it would make the proposed measure "unnecessary," according to reports. It is expected that the court will rule on the case prior to the Florida Legislature taking final action on the proposed measure.[4][5]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing ballot measures in Florida

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

On Thursday, February 23, 2012, the House passed the bill on a vote of 116-0. It was not approved by the state Senate.[6]

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