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Florida State Planning and Budget Process, Amendment 1 (2006)

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The Florida State Planning and Budget Process Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 7, 2006 election ballot in Florida, where it was approved.

The amendment modified Article III, Section 19 of the Florida Constitution to established a budget-planning process in the state that puts budget and revenue estimates together in one document. It created a "Government Efficiency Task Force" that is appointed every four years by the Governor of Florida, the president of the Florida State Senate and speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. It is the responsibility of the task force to create a long-range financial plan.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 1 (2006)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 2,570,436 59.84%
No1,724,86740.16%

Results via: the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections

Text of measure

The ballot title read:

STATE PLANNING AND BUDGET PROCESS[1][2]

The ballot read:

Proposing amendments to the State Constitution to limit the amount of nonrecurring general revenue which may be appropriated for recurring purposes in any fiscal year to 3 percent of the total general revenue funds estimated to be available, unless otherwise approved by a three-fifths vote of the Legislature; to establish a Joint Legislative Budget Commission, which shall issue long-range financial outlooks; to provide for limited adjustments in the state budget without the concurrence of the full Legislature, as provided by general law; to reduce the number of times trust funds are automatically terminated; to require the preparation and biennial revision of a long-range state planning document; and to establish a Government Efficiency Task Force and specify its duties.[1][2]

Constitutional changes

The constitutional changes can be read on the Florida Department of State website.

Support

Arguments

"Today, the Legislative Budget Commission has a variety of functions regarding appropriations. This amendment would establish a Joint Budget Commission and would do what has not been done before -- put both the budget and revenue estimates together in one document. In addition to the annual budget, it will also require the Commission to create a long-term financial outlook."[3]

Opposition

Arguments

"Current general law, which prescribes requirements for each department and agency of state government to submit a planning document and supporting budget request, is adequate and an additional task force is not needed."[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Florida Constitution

Proposed Amendment 1 was referred to the ballot by a vote of both chambers of the Florida State Legislature on SJR 2506. State senator Tom Lee, a Republican, sponsored SJR 2506.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "STATE PLANNING AND BUDGET PROCESS," Florida Department of State, Division of Elections
  2. 2.0 2.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Amendment #1," Florida Vote Smart