Florida Supreme Court Judgments, Amendment 5 (1904)

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The Florida Supreme Court Judgments Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was defeated on the ballot on November 8, 1904.

This amendment sought to modify Article XVI of the Florida Constitution to state that Supreme Court decisions will not take effect until filed.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 5 (1904)
Defeatedd No4,68554.96%
Yes 3,840 45.04%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1903-1904)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Article XVI, Section 6.—Judgments of Supreme Court not to take effect until opinion filed.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

Section 6. The Legislature shall provide for the speedy publication and distribution of all laws it may enact. All decisions of the Supreme Court and all laws and judicial decisions shall be free for publication by any person. But no judgment of the Supreme Court shall take effect until the opinion of the court in such case shall be filed with the clerk of said court.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by Joint Resolution 5 of 1903.

See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-8-04"
  2. The Daily Miami Metropolis, "Educational Ballot," November 7, 1904
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.