The Florida Initiative Rights Amendment, also known as Amendment 3, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 7, 1972 ballot in Florida, where it was approved.
This amendment modified Article XI, Section 3 of the Florida Constitution to provide for single subject constitutional amendments via citizen initiative. Prior to the amendment, one a single section of the Constitution could be amended by initiative, rather than multiple sections relating to a single subject.
| Florida Amendment 3 (1972)|
| Yes|| 1,157,648|| 70.86%|
Election results via: ICPSR
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
|| No. 3
ARTICLE XI, SECTION 3
Initiative – Proposing an amendment to Article XI, Section 3, of the Florida State Constitution relating to initiative and providing that the revision or amendment of any portion of the Constitution on one subject may be proposed by initiative of the people and providing procedure with respect thereto.
Section 3. Initiative. The power to propose the revision or amendment of any portion or portions of this constitution by initiative is reserved to the people, provided that, any such revision or amendment shall embrace but one subject and matter directly connected therewith. It may be invoked by filing with the secretary of state a petition containing a copy of the proposed revision or amendment, signed by a number of electors in each of one-half of the congressional districts of the state, and of the state as a whole, equal to eight percent of the votes cast in each of such districts respectively and in the state as a whole in the last preceding election in which presidential electors were chosen.
Path to the ballot
- The amendment was sponsored by state Senator William Gunter (D-Orlando).
- Gunter was prompted to propose the amendment after an citizen initiative he supported to create a unicameral legislature was rejected by the court for changing more than one section of the constitution.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "Sample Ballot," November 6, 1972
- ↑ REFERENDA AND PRIMARY ELECTION MATERIALS [Computer file]. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1995. doi:10.3886/ICPSR00006.v1
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Daytona Beach Morning Journal, "Apathy Said Only Block To Florida Referendums," October 22, 1972
- ↑ Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-7-72"
- ↑ The Evening Independent, "Amendments, Referendums On Nov. 7 Ballot," November 4, 1972