Florida Gubernatorial Vetoes, Amendment 4 (1954)

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The Florida Gubernatorial Vetoes Amendment, also known as Amendment 4, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on November 2, 1954.

This amendment modified Article III of the Florida Constitution to give the Governor 20 days to approve or veto bills instead of 10.[1][2]

Election results

Florida Amendment 4 (1954)
Approveda Yes 105,251 68.14%

Official results via: Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1953-1954) (p.350-54)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

No. 4



A proposed amendment to Article III, Section 28, which relates to executive approval of legislative acts, providing that after adjournment of the Legislature the Governor shall have twenty days instead of ten days as now fixed in which to approve or veto bills, the remaining provisions of said section as now expressed to remain unchanged.[1][3]

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment read:

Section 28. Executive Approval of Acts; Veto; Overriding Veto. Every bill that may have passed the Legislature shall, before becoming a law, be presented to the Governor; if he approves it he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it with his objections to the House in which it originated, which House shall cause such objections to be entered upon its Journal, and proceed to reconsider it; if, after such reconsideration, it shall pass both Houses by a two-thirds vote of members present, which vote shall be entered on the Journal of each House, it shall become a law. If any bill shall not be returned within five days after it shall have been presented to the Governor, (Sunday excepted) the same shall be a law, in like manner as if he had signed it. If the Legislature, by its final adjournment prevent such action, such bill shall be a law, unless the Governor within twenty (20) days after the adjournment, shall file such bill, with his objections thereto, in the office of the Secretary of State, who shall lay the same before the Legislature at its next session, and if the same shall receive two-thirds of the votes present it shall become a law.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "Sample Ballot," November 1, 1954
  2. 2.0 2.1 Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-2-54,"
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.