Florida Hillsborough County Attorney Offices, Amendment 9 (1966)

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The Florida Hillsborough County Attorney Offices Amendment, also known as Amendment 9, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 8, 1968.

  • This amendment modified Article V of the Florida Constitution to create separate offices for the 13th Judicial Circuit State Attorney and Hillsborough County Prosecuting Attorney Criminal Court of Record.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 9 (1968)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 431,291 70.56%
No179,95229.44%

Election results via: Florida Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

NO. 9—CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE V, SECTION 9C

JUDICIAL, Hillsborough County offices of State Attorney and County Solicitor. Proposing an amendment to Article V, Section 9C of the State Constitution providing that after the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January, 1969, there shall be separate offices of the State Attorney of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit and Prosecuting Attorney of County Solicitor of the Criminal Court of Record; providing for appointment of assistants; prescribing duties and powers; providing for appointment of funds.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

Section 9C. Hillsborough County, Offices of the State Attorney and County Solicitor. On and after the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January, 1969, there shall be a Prosecuting Attorney of the Criminal Court of Record of Hillsborough County to be known as County Solicitor who shall be a separate official elected for a term of four (4) years by the qualified electors of the County as other state and county officials are elected and whose compensation shall be fixed by law. Said County Solicitor shall perform the functions and duties of a County Solicitor in the Criminal Court of Record of Hillsborough County, Florida, as prescribed by law in all noncapital felony cases and other lesser offenses in said Court’s jurisdiction.

After said time there shall also be a State Attorney of the Thirteenth (13th) Judicial Circuit in and for Hillsborough County who shall be a separate official elected by the qualified electors of that circuit in the same manner as other state and county officials to serve a term of four (4) years who shall fulfill the duties prescribed by law, including, but not limited to, prosecution of all capital felony cases.

The legislature may provide for Assistant State Attorneys and Special Investigators for the State Attorney and for Assistant County Solicitors and Special Investigators for the County Solicitor of Hillsborough County, Florida, and all Assistant State Attorneys and Assistant County Solicitors and Investigators shall be appointed by the State Attorney and the County Solicitor respectively and sworn in by the Court, and such Assistant State Attorneys and County Solicitors shall work under the direction of said State Attorney and County Solicitor and shall have full authority to do and perform any of the official duties and acts that the State Attorney and County Solicitor may do and perform.

Pending informations filed in the Criminal Court of Record of Hillsborough County shall not be invalidated by this amendment or affected in any way hereby; and the County Solicitor may file amended informations in any such cases if and when necessary.

The County Commissioners shall, upon this amendment becoming effective, apportion the funds appropriated for the operation of the State Attorney’s Office between the State Attorney’s Office and the County Solicitor’s Office on the basis of the case load, personnel assigned in the State Attorney’s Office to handle the duties of the newly created County Solicitor, and the cost of operations of said two (2) offices. Thereafter, the Board of County Commissioners of Hillsborough County shall appropriate such funds as to them may be reasonably required for the operation of the State Attorney’s Office and County Solicitor’s Office.

It is the express intent of the Legislature and the electors of the State of Florida to create offices of the State Attorney and County Solicitor in Hillsborough County, Florida, which shall be separate, distinct, and unconnected with e ach other so that the same shall be and exist as they did in said County before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of 1961.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by Senate Joint Resolution 6 of 1965.
  • The amendment was filed with the Secretary of State on June 25, 1963.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-8-68"
  2. Ocala Star-Banner, "Automatic Voting Machine Sample Ballot," November 1, 1966
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.