Florida Preservation of the Death Penalty, Amendment 2 (1998)
The Florida Preservation of the Death Penalty Amendment, also known as Amendment 2, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 3, 1998. The amendment was later overturned by the courts.
In 2002 the Florida voters approved a new amendment that reaffirmed the contents of this amendment.
|Florida Amendment 2 (1998)|
|Overturned Case:Armstrong v. Harris No. SC95223|
Election results via: Florida Division of Elections
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.
|“||Preservation Of The Death Penalty; United States Supreme Court Interpretation Of Cruel And Unusual Punishment.—Proposing an amendment to the constitution preserving the death penalty, and permitting any execution method unless prohibited by the Federal Constitution. Requires construction of the prohibition against cruel and/or unusual punishment to conform to U.S. Supreme Court interpretation of the Eighth Amendment. Prohibits reduction of a death sentence based on invalidity of execution method, and provides for continued force of sentence.||”|
No information on support for this measure has yet been identified.
The Florida Catholic Conference was opposed to Amendment 2.
- 1998 ballot measures
- List of Florida ballot measures
- Florida 1998 ballot measures
- Florida Death Penalty, Amendment 1 (2002)
- Florida ballot measure database
- Details of measure from the Florida Secretary of State
- November 3, 1998 constitutional amendment election results
- Analysis of Amendment 2
- Document referring measure to ballot