Florida Abortion, Amendment 6 (2012)

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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Article I
Referred by:Florida State Legislature
Topic:Abortion
Status:On the ballot
A Florida Abortion, Amendment 6 will appear on the November 6, 2012 state ballot in Florida as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

The proposed measure would prohibit the use of public funds for abortions except as required by federal law and to save the mother's life. Additionally, the measure stipulates that the state constitution cannot be interpreted to include broader rights to abortion than those contained in the United States Constitution.[1][2]

The Senate bill version (SJR 1538) is sponsored by Sen. Anitere Flores, while the House bill (HJR 1179) is sponsored by Rep. Dennis Baxley. HJR 1179 was referred to the ballot.

The proposed measure requires 60 percent voter approval for adoption.

Path to the ballot

See also: Florida law for legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

In order to qualify for the November 2012 ballot the proposed amendment requires approval by a minimum of 60% in the both the House and the Senate.

On March 28, 2011 the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-2 in favor of the proposed measure. Previously, the proposal was approved by the Senate Health Regulation Committee following a 8-4 vote on March 14.[3] On April 15 the Senate Rules Committee voted 9 to 3 in favor; sending the proposal to the Senate floor.[4]

The House version, HJR 1179, of the proposed legislation was approved by the House on April 27 following a 82-35 vote. A day later, on April 28, the Senate voted 27-12 in favor of referring the measure to the ballot. However, the Senate amended the proposed legislation, therefore the measure must be approved by the House one last time.[5][6] On May 4 the House approved the amended bill thus referring the bill to the ballot. The House voted 79-34.[7][8]

Timeline

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The following is a timeline of events surrounding the measure:

Event Date Developments
Vote Mar. 28, 2011 The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-2 in favor of the proposed measure.
Vote Apr. 15, 2011 The Senate Rules Committee voted 9 to 3 in favor.
Approval Apr. 27, 2011 Proposed legislation was approved by the House following a 82-35 vote.
Approval Apr. 28, 2011 The Senate voted 27-12 in favor of referring the measure to the ballot.
Final vote May 4, 2011 Senate amended proposal, House had to approve bill before sending it to the ballot. The House voted 79-34 in favor.

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