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Florida Electric Utilities, Amendment 6 (1974)

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The Florida Electric Utilities Amendment, also known as Amendment 6, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 5, 1974 ballot in Florida, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article VII, Section 10 of the Florida Constitution to allow for public-private partnerships relating to electric utilities.[1][2]

See Energy policy in Florida for a full explanation of energy policy across the state.

Election results

Florida Amendment 6 (1974)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 658,790 55.99%
No517,92644.01%

Election results via: ICPSR

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.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE VII, SECTION 10

Authorizes a municipality, county, special district, or agency of any of them to become a joint owner of, giving, or lending or using the taxing powers or credit for the joint ownership, construction and operation of electrical energy generating or transmission facilities with any corporation, association, partnership, or person.[1]

Constitutional changes

Section 10. Pledging Credit. Neither the state nor any county, school district, municipality, special district, or agency of any of them, shall become a joint owner with, or stockholder of, or give, lend or use its taxing power or credit to aid any corporation, association, partnership or person; but this shall not prohibit laws authorizing:

(a) the investment of public trust funds;

(b) the investment of other public funds in obligations of, or insured by, the United States or any of its instrumentalities;

(c) the issuance and sale by any county, municipality, special district or other local governmental body of (1) revenue bonds to finance or refinance the cost of capital projects for airports or port facilities, or (2) revenue bonds to finance or refinance the cost of capital projects for industrial or manufacturing plants to the extent that the interest thereon is exempt from income taxes under the then existing laws of the United States, when, in either case, the revenue bonds are pay able solely from revenue derived from the sale, operation or leasing of the projects. If any project so financed, or any part thereof, is occupied or operated by any private corporation, association, partnership or person pursuant to contract or lease with the issuing body, the property interest created by such contract or lease shall be subject to taxation to the same extent as other privately owned property.

(d) a municipality, county, special district, or agency of any of them, being a joint owner of, giving, or lending or using its taxing power or credit for the joint ownership, construction and operation of electrical energy generating or transmission facilities with any corporation, association, partnership or person.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "General Election Sample Ballot," November 4, 1974
  2. 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. Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-5-74"