Florida Amendment 3, Supermajority Vote Required to Approve a Constitutional Amendment (2006)
The Florida Supermajority Requirement Amendment, also known as Amendment 3, was an legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 7, 2006 election ballot in Florida, where it was approved.
- The amendment modified Article XI, Section 5 of the Florida Constitution to increased the number of votes required to approve a proposed constitutional amendment from 50% + 1 to 60%.
|Florida Amendment 3 (2006)|
Results via: the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections
Text of measure
The ballot title read:
|“||REQUIRING BROADER PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS OR REVISIONS||”|
The ballot read:
|“||Proposes an amendment to Section 5 of Article XI of the State Constitution to require that any proposed amendment to or revision of the State Constitution, whether proposed by the Legislature, by initiative, or by any other method, must be approved by at least 60 percent of the voters of the state voting on the measure, rather than by a simple majority. This proposed amendment would not change the current requirement that a proposed constitutional amendment imposing a new state tax or fee be approved by at least 2/3 of the voters of the state voting in the election in which such an amendment is considered.||”|
The text of the amendment read:
SECTION5.Amendment or revision election.—
- "Florida's Constitution is the easiest to amend in our nation. In recent years, ballot initiatives have become a vehicle for well-financed special interest groups to protect their interests via the state's most sacred document. By implementing a higher threshold for approval of constitutional amendments it broadens consensus because a higher percentage of Florida's electorate will be required to pass the initiative."
- "When issues are not passed through the Legislature, the ballot initiative process is critical to ensuring the peoples' voices are still heard. The citizen initiative process remains a vital check on government when, for whatever reasons, the government refuses to act. Requiring a higher percentage of the electorate could diminish an initiative's chances of being approved."
A total of $3,293,580 was spent on campaigns related to Amendment 3, and it was all spent by the "Yes on 3" side through a group called "Protect Our Constitution."
Donors of $100,000 and over to "Protect Our Constitution" were:
|National Association of Home Builders||$300,000|
|Foundation for Preserving Florida's Future||$300,000|
|Florida Chamber of Commerce||$179,406|
|U.S. Chamber of Commerce||$100,000|
|Bonita Bay Group||$100,000|
|Florida Association of Realtors||$100,000|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida||$100,000|
|A. Duda & Sons||$100,000|
|Plum Creek Timber||$100,000|
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Florida Constitution
- Proposed Amendment 3 was referred to the ballot by a vote of both chambers of the Florida State Legislature on HJR 1723 (2005 session).
- 2006 ballot measures
- Florida 2006 ballot measures
- List of Florida ballot measures
- Florida State Senate
- Florida House of Representatives
- Summary of text and election results
- Full text
- State of Florida booklet describing the 2006 constitutional amendments
- Vote Smart Florida description of proposed amendment
- Sample ballot (Monroe County)
- "REQUIRING BROADER PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS OR REVISIONS," Florida Department of State, Division of Elections.
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- "Amendment #3," Florida Vote Smart
- Follow the Money, "Donors"
State of Florida
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Chief Financial Officer | Commissioner of Education | Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services | Commissioner of Insurance Regulation | Secretary of Environmental Protection | Director of Economic Opportunity | Chair of Public Service Commission |