The Florida Dade County Solicitor Amendment, also known as Amendment 8, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was defeated on November 4, 1952.
This amendment sought to modify Article V of the Florida Constitution to transfer the duties of the County Solicitor in Dade County to the State Attorney of the 11th Judicial Circuit.
| Florida Amendment 8 (1952)|
|Yes|| 157,411|| 45.31%|
Official results via: Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1951-1952) (p.344-47)
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
|| No. 8
Proposing an amendment to Article V of the Constitution of the State of Florida by adding an additional section thereto to be numbered by the Secretary of State, providing that on and after July 1, 1953, the State Attorney of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Dade County, Florida, shall be the Prosecuting Attorney of the Criminal Court of Record and the Court of Crimes of Dade County, abolishing the Office of the County Solicitor and the position of Assistant County Solicitor in Dade County and thereafter the State Attorney and his Assistant State Attorney shall perform all of the duties and functions theretofore performed by the County Solicitor; further providing that the Legislature may provide for Assistant State Attorneys and Special Investigators for the State Attorney of Dade County who shall be appointed by the State Attorney and sworn in by the Court.
The text of the amendment read:
Section __. On and after July 1, 1953, the State Attorney of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Dade County, Florida, shall be the prosecuting attorney of the Criminal Court of Record and the Court of Crimes, of Dade County; and the office of County Solicitor, and the position of Assistant County Solicitor in Dade County shall stand abolished and terminated, and, thereafter, the State Attorney and his Assistant State Attorneys, under his direction, shall perform all of the duties and functions of office heretofore performed by the County Solicitor. Pending information filed in the Criminal Court of Record or Court of Crimes shall not be invalidated hereby, and the State Attorney, or his Assistant State Attorneys, may file amended informations in any such cases, if and when necessary. The Legislature may provide for Assistant State Attorneys and special investigators for the State Attorney of Dade County, who shall be appointed by the State Attorney and sworn in by the court, and such Assistant State Attorneys shall work under the direction of the State Attorney and shall have full authority to do and perform any official act that the State Attorney may do and perform. It shall be the duty of the said State Attorney concurrently with the Sheriff of Dade County to enforce all of the criminal laws of the State of Florida in said County and the Legislature may, by special or general act, enact such statutes as are necessary to supplement and give full force and effect to this section of the Constitution.