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Florida Impeachment of Officers, Amendment 3 (1962)

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The Florida Impeachment of Officers Amendment, also known as Amendment 3, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 6, 1962.

This amendment modified the Florida Constitution in relation to the legislature's power to impeach officers.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 3 (1962)
Approveda Yes 310,267 56.95%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1961-1962)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

NO. 3



Proposing an amendment to Article III, Section 29 of the Constitution relating to impeachment of officers, providing that the Speaker of the House may appoint a committee to investigate alleged grounds for impeachment against any officer subject to impeachment either during or between legislative sessions.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

Section 29. Impeachment of Officers. The House of Representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment. The speaker of the House may appoint a committee to investigate alleged grounds for impeachment against any officer subject to impeachment either during or between legislative sessions; but a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of all members present shall be required to impeach any officer; and all impeachments shall be tried by the Senate. When sitting for that purpose the senators shall be upon oath or affirmation, and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds (2/3) of the Senate present. The Senate may adjourn to a fixed time for the trial of any impeachment, and may sit for the purpose of such trial whether the House of Representatives be in session or not, but the time fixed for such trial shall not be more than six (6) months from the time articles of impeachment shall be preferred by the House of Representatives. The Chief Justice shall preside at all trials by impeachment except in the trial of the Chief Justice, when the Governor shall preside. The Governor, Administrative officers of the Executive Department, Justices of the Supreme Court, and Judges of the Circuit Court shall be liable to impeachment for any misdemeanor in office, but judgment in such cases shall extend only to removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust or profit under the State; but the party convicted or acquitted shall nevertheless be liable to indictment, trial and punishment according to law.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by House Joint Resolution 1730 of 1961.
  • The amendment was filed with the Secretary of State on June 15, 1961.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-6-62"
  2. Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "Sample Ballot," November 5, 1962
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.