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Florida Legislature Size, Amendment 4 (1922)

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The Florida Legislature Size Amendment, also known as Amendment 4, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was defeated on the ballot on November 7, 1922.

This amendment sought to modify Article VII of the Florida Constitution to allow for 38 senatorial districts and a system for representatives based on county population.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendments 4 (1922)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No19,77157.91%
Yes 14,369 42.09%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1921-1922)

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.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Section 3 of Article VII, relating to number of members of the Senate and House of Representatives, providing for thirty-eight members of the Senate and that Counties having One Hundred Thousand or more population shall have four Representatives each; Counties having Thirty Thousand and note more than One Hundred Thousand population shall have three Representatives each; Counties have Ten Thousand Five Hundred and note more than Thirty Thousand population shall have two Representatives each, and all Counties having less than Ten Thousand Five Hundred population shall have one Representative each.[2]

Constitutional changes

Section 3. The Legislature that shall meet A. D. 1923, and those that shall meet every ten years thereafter, shall apportion the representation in the Senate, the whole number of Senators not to exceed 38 members; and at the same time shall also apportion the representation in the House of Representatives. The counties having one hundred thousand or more population shall have four Representatives each; the counties having thirty thousand and not more than one hundred thousand population shall have three Representatives each; the counties having ten thousand five hundred and not more than thirty thousand population shall have two representatives each. All counties having less than ten thousand five hundred population shall have one Representative each. The basis of apportionment, as provided for in this amendment, shall be the Federal Census next preceding the apportionment made by the Legislature. Every County shall have at least one Representative. The Governor shall, by special message to each House at the appropriate session of the Legislature, direct the attention of each House to the provisions of this amendment, and if the Legislature that shall meet A. D. 1923, or any succeeding Legislature that shall meet every ten years thereafter, shall refuse or fail to apportion the representation in the Senate and in the House of Representatives as herein provided, it shall be the duty of the Governor to convene the Legislature in Special Session for the purpose of making such apportionment, and by public proclamation and by communication to each House to direct the attention of each House to the provisions of this amendment.

That any and all provisions of the Constitution in conflict with this provision be and the same are hereby repealed.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by Joint Resolution 139 of 1921.[1]

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