Florida Legislature Reapportionment, Amendment 1 (1959)

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The Florida Legislature Reapportionment, also known as the Redistricting Amendment, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was defeated on November 3, 1959.[1][2]

This amendment sought to modify Article VII of the Florida Constitution to increase the size of legislature to 44 Senators and 103 Representatives.[3]

Election results

Florida Amendment 1 (1959)
Defeatedd No177,95554.83%
Yes 146,601 45.17%

Election results via: The Florida Handbook 1977-1978 (Verified by Ballotpedia Staff)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:




A proposed amendment to Article VII of the Florida Constitution relating to apportionment in the Senate and House of Representatives providing: (a) that the State shall be apportioned into forty-four senatorial districts, that there shall be only one Senator for each district, no district shall be composed of more than three counties, that vacancies created by the reapportionment shall be filled in the general election in November 1960 and providing terms; (b) that the House of Representatives shall be apportioned as follows-five representatives for the most populous county, four for each of the six next more populous counties, two representatives for each of the fourteen next more populous counties and one representative for each of the remaining counties; (c) that the first apportionment of each legislative house shall be in accordance with statute designating senatorial districts and representation in the house adopt at the 1959 session of the legislature, the next apportionment of the Senate shall be at the regular session of 1971, the next apportionment of the House of Representatives shall be at the regular session of 1961 based on the 1960 Federal Census and decennially thereafter the Legislature shall reapportion the representation in the Legislature at any regular session as required the Governor or the Legislature itself shall call the Legislature into extraordinary session with 30 days after adjournment; after period of sixty days from date the extraordinary session is convened, the governor or the Legislature may recess the Legislature to a future data or may adjourn the Legislature sine die;(e) that newly created counties shall have one representative in the house and be part of such adjoining senatorial district as the Legislature shall determine until succeeding reapportionment.[3][4]

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  1. Ocala Star-Banner, "Marion County Legislatures Urge Voters To Approve Redistricting Amendment," November 1, 1959
  2. Allen Morris, The Florida Handbook 1977-1978
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ocala Star-Banner, "Sample Ballot," October 25, 1959
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.