Florida Uniform System of Municipal Government, Amendment 7 (1904)

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The Florida Uniform System of Municipal Government Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was defeated on the ballot on November 8, 1904.

This amendment sought to modify Articles III and VIII of the Florida Constitution to establish a uniform system of government for municipalities.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 7 (1904)
Defeatedd No4,75858.05%
Yes 3,438 41.95%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1903-1904)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Article III, Section 20 and 24—Repealing Section 8 of Article VIII.—Against special and local laws enumerated—Dividing municipalities into classes, providing uniform system of government for each re-incorporating existing municipalities. Repealing Section 8 of Article VIII.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

Section 20. The Legislature shall not pass special or local laws in any of the following enumerated cases; that is to say, regulating the jurisdiction and duties of any class of officers, or for the punishment of crime or misdemeanor; except for the enforcement of special local laws regulating the practice of courts of justice; providing for changing venue of civil and criminal cases; granting divorces; changing the names of persons; vacating roads; summoning and empaneling grand and petit juries and providing for their compensation; for assessment and collection of taxes for State and county and municipal purposes; for opening and conducting elections for State and county and municipal officers, and for designating the places of voting; for the sale of real estate belonging to minors, estates of decedents, and of persons laboring under legal disabilities; regulating the fees of officers of the State or county or municipalities; giving effect to informal or invalid deeds or wills; legitimizing children; providing for the adoption of children; relieving minors from legal disabilities; and for the establishment of ferries.

Section 24, Article III, of the Constitution of the State of Florida is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

Section 24. The legislature shall establish a uniform system of county government. It shall divide municipalities into classes of not more than four, on the basis of population; it shall establish for each class a uniform system of government; it shall provide for the re-incorporation of each now existing municipality and for the incorporation of each hereafter to be incorporated municipality into one of such classes and no law relating to the creation, government or powers of any municipality or number of municipalities less than the whole of a class, shall be valid.

Section 8, Article VIII, of the Constitution of the State of Florida is hereby repealed.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by Joint Resolution 7 of 1903.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-8-04"
  2. The Daily Miami Metropolis, "Educational Ballot," November 7, 1904
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.