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Florida Legislative Extra Sessions, Amendment 1 (1954)

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The Florida Legislative Extra Sessions Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on November 2, 1954.

This amendment modified Article III of the Florida Constitution to provide for legislative extra sessions with a 3/5ths vote in each house and to set the compensation of the legislature.[1][2]

Election results

Florida Amendment 1 (1954)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 83,868 56.43%
No64,73943.56%

Official results via: Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1953-1954) (p.350-54)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

No. 1

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

ARTICLE III, SECTIONS 2 AND 4

A proposed amendment of Article III, Sections 2 and 4. Said proposed amended Section 2, reenacts in effect present Section 2 relating to regular and extra sessions of the Legislature and adds thereto the following additional provisions: that a regular session may, by three fifths vote of both houses be extended not exceeding a total of thirty days, which need not be consecutive; that recesses in such extended session shall be taken only by joint action of both houses but no extended session to last beyond September 1st following regular session; that during such extended session no additional proposed legislation shall be introduced unless consent first obtained by two-thirds vote of members of house in which it is sought to be introduced. Said proposed amended Section 4 provides: that senators and members of house shall be qualified electors in respective counties and districts for which chosen; that their compensation shall be $1200 per year; that during sessions legislators shall receive per diem and travel expenses as provided by law, but not in excess of allowance and expenses provided for other state officials under general law.[1][3]

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment read:

Section 2. Regular and Extra Sessions. The regular sessions of the Legislature shall be held biennially, commencing on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April, A. D. 1887, and on the corresponding day of every second year thereafter, but the Governor may convene the same in extra session by his proclamation. Regular sessions of the Legislature may extend to sixty days, but no special session convened by the Governor shall exceed twenty days. The regular sixty-day biennial session of the legislature may, by a three-fifths vote of the membership of both houses, be extended not exceeding a total of thirty days which need not be consecutive. Recesses in such extended session shall be taken only by joint action of both houses. No extended session may last beyond September 1st following the regular biennial session. During such extended session, no additional proposed legislation shall be introduced unless consent is first obtained by a two-thirds vote of the members of the House into which it is sought to be introduced.

Section 4. Legislators, Salaries, Etc. Senators and members of the House of Representatives shall be duly qualified electors in the respective counties and districts for which they were chosen. The compensation of legislators shall be twelve hundred ($1200.00) dollars each year and shall be paid in monthly installments of one hundred ($100.00) dollars each. During the time the legislature is in session each legislator shall receive per diem and travel expenses as provided by law, but such may not exceed the allowances for such expenses provided for other state officials under general law.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "Sample Ballot," November 1, 1954
  2. 2.0 2.1 Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-2-54,"
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.