Florida Local and Special Laws, Amendment 2 (1928)

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The Florida Local and Special Laws Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 6, 1928.

This amendment modified Article III of the Florida Constitution to require specific publications or an election to pass local or special laws.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 2 (1928)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 41,629 56.94%
No31,48743.06%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1927-1928)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

To amend Section 21, Article III, of the Constitution of the State of Florida, relating to special and local laws, requiring that in all cases enumerated in the preceding section all laws shall be general and of uniform operation throughout the State, but in all cases not enumerate or expected in that section, the Legislature may pass special or local laws except as now or hereafter otherwise provided in the Constitution; Providing that no local or special bill shall be passed unless notice of the intention to apply therefor shall have been published in the locality where the matter or thing to be affected may be situated, which notice shall state the substance of the contemplated law, and shall be published at least thirty days prior to the introduction into the Legislature of such bill, and in the manner to be provided by law. Proof of publication to be established by affidavit of publication attached to the proposed bill when same is introduced in either branch of the Legislature, provided no publication of any local or special law shall be required when it contains a provision that it shall not become effective until approved by a majority of qualified electors voting in an election called in the territory to be affected by special or local law.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

Section 21. In all cases enumerated in the preceding section all laws shall be general and of uniform operation throughout the State, but in all cases not enumerated or excepted in that section, the legislature may pass special or local laws except as now or hereafter otherwise provided in the Constitution; Provided, That no local or special bill shall be passed, unless notice of the intention to apply therefor shall have been published in the locality where the matter or thing to be affected may be situated, which notice shall state the substance of the contemplated law, and shall be published at least thirty days prior to the introduction into the Legislature of such bill, and in the manner to be provided by law. The evidence that such notice has been published shall be established in the legislature before such bill shall be passed by having affidavit of proof of publication attached to the proposed bill when the same is introduced in either branch of the legislature, and which such affidavit constituting proof of publication shall be entered in full upon the journals of the Senate and of the House of Representatives, which entries shall immediately follow the journal entry showing the introduction of the bill. Provided, however, no publication of any local or special law is required hereunder when such local or special law contains a provision to the effect that the same shall not become operative or effective until the same has been ratified or approved by a majority of the qualified electors participating in an election called in the territory affected by said special or local law.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot as House Joint Resolution 3 of 1927.
  • The amendment did not receive approval from the Governor.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-6-28"
  2. The Miami News, "How Nov.6 Ballot Will Look," October 28, 1928
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.