Florida County Home Rule, Amendment 3 (1952)

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The Florida County Home Rule Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was defeated on November 4, 1952.

This amendment sought to modify Article VIII of the Florida Constitution to allow for county home rule.[1][2]

Election results

Florida Amendment 3 (1952)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No232,74157.06%
Yes 175,117 42.94%

Official results via: Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1951-1952) (p.344-47)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

No. 3

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

ARTICLE VIII, SECTION 1

Proposing an amendment to Article VIII, Section 1 relating to counties as political subdivisions of state and providing that the Legislature shall have the power to grant to any county a charter under which it may regulate and govern itself in respect to its local and internal affairs not directly related to any state function or responsibility as established by the Legislature, and under which may be designated and regulated the duties, jurisdiction, classes, terms and compensation of all county officials except judges of courts created by the Constitution and the members of the county boards of public instruction.[1][3]

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment read:

Section 1. Counties as Political Subdivisions of State.

The state shall be divided into political subdivisions to be called counties. The legislature shall have the power to grant to any county a charter under which it may regulate and govern itself in respect to its local and internal affairs not directly related to any state function or responsibility as established by the Legislature. Such charter shall become effective upon its ratification by a majority of the qualified electors of the county at a special election duly called for that purpose by the board of county commissioners or at any primary or general election. The Legislature may provide, by general or special law, the manner in which any county may form its own charter. Any county charter may designate the name of the county, regulate the powers, duties and jurisdiction of all county officers, and designate their classes, terms and jurisdiction, and provide the manner of their selection and compensation; provided, however, that no such charter shall impair the powers and jurisdiction of any court created by the Constitution or the judge or judges thereof, or the County Board of Public Instruction. No county charter shall affect the levy, imposition or collection of any taxes prescribed by general law for state purposes. The Legislature may authorize the adoption of charters by the several counties at a primary, general or special election, which charters may be altered or amended only by the method by which they were adopted, notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "Sample Ballot," November 4, 1952
  2. 2.0 2.1 Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-4-52,"
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.