Florida Continuity of Government, Amendment 7 (1964)

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The Florida Continuity of Government Amendment, also known as Amendment 7, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 3, 1964.

This amendment modified Article XVI of the Florida Constitution to provide for continuity of governmental operations in periods of emergency resulting from disasters caused by enemy attack.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 7 (1964)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 602,980 71.83%
No236,42328.17%

Election results via: Florida Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

NO. 7—CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE XVI

Continuity of Government—Proposing an amendment to Article XVI of the Florida Constitution to provide for means to insure continuity of state and local government operations in periods of emergency resulting from disasters caused by enemy attack.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

Section 1A. Continuity of Government. The legislature, in order to insure continuity of state and local governmental operations in periods of emergency resulting from disasters caused by enemy attack, shall have the power and the immediate duty (1) to provide for prompt and temporary succession to the powers and duties of public offices, of whatever nature and whether filled by election or appointment, the incumbents of which may become unavailable for carrying on the powers and duties of such offices, and (2) to adopt such other measures as may be necessary and proper for insuring the continuity of governmental operations. In the exercise of the powers hereby conferred the legislature shall in all respects conform to the requirements of this Constitution except to the extent that in the judgment of the legislature so to do would be impracticable or would admit of undue delay.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by Senate Joint Resolution 268 of 1963.
  • The amendment was filed with the Secretary of State on May 29, 1963.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-3-64"
  2. Ocala Star-Banner, "Automatic Voting Machine Sample Ballot," October 26, 1964
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.