Florida Legislative Extra Sessions, Amendment 4 (1956)

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The Florida Legislative Extra Sessions Amendment, also known as Amendment 4, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on November 6, 1956.

This amendment modified Article III, Section 2, of the Florida Constitution to the Legislature to have an extra session of no more than 30 days if approved by a 3/5th vote in both Houses.[1][2]

Election results

Florida Amendment 4 (1956)
Approveda Yes 292,772 68.77%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1955-1956) (p.388-391)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

No. 4



A proposed Amendment to Article III, Section 2 by adding to said Section a provision for the convening of the Legislature into extra session by an initial petition of 20% of the members followed by the affirmative vote of 3/5ths of the members of both Houses, providing that the Secretary of State shall fix the date and hour for the convening of such extra session and that such extra session shall be limited to a period of 30 days.[1][3]

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment read:

Section 2. Regular and Extra Sessions. The regular sessions of the legislature shall be held biennially, commencing on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April, 1887, and on the corresponding day of every second year thereafter, but the governor may convene the same in extra session by his proclamation. Regular sessions of the legislature may extend to sixty (60) days, but no special session convened by the governor shall exceed twenty (20) days. The regular sixty (60) day biennial session of the legislature may, by a three-fifths vote of the membership of both houses, be extended not exceeding a total of thirty (30) days which need not be consecutive. Recesses in such extended session shall be taken only by joint action of both houses. No extended session may last beyond September 1st following the regular biennial session. During such extended session, no additional proposed legislation shall be introduced unless consent is first obtained by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of the House into which it is sought to be introduced.

Provided, that the legislature may also be convened in extra session in the following manner: When twenty per cent (20%) of the members of the legislature shall execute in writing and file with the secretary of state their certificates that conditions warrant the convening of the legislature into extra session, the secretary of state shall, within seven (7) days after receiving the requisite number of such certificates, poll the members of the legislature, and upon the affirmative vote of three-fifths (3/5) of the members of both houses, shall forthwith fix the day and hour for convening of such extra session. Notice thereof shall be given each member by registered mail within seven (7) days after receiving the requisite number of said certificates. The time for convening of said session shall be not less than fourteen (14) days nor more than twenty-one (21) days from the date of mailing said notices. In pursuance of said certificates, affirmative vote of the membership and notice, the legislature shall convene in extra session for all purposes as if convened in regular session; provided, however, that any such extra session shall be limited to a period of thirty (30) days. Should the secretary of state fail to receive the requisite number of said certificates requesting the convening of an extra session of the legislature within a period of sixty (60) days after receipt of the first of said certificates, all certificates previously filed shall be rendered null and void and no extra session shall be called and said certificates shall not be used at any future time for the convening of the legislature.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 St. Petersburg Times, "Sample Ballot," November 6, 1956
  2. 2.0 2.1 Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-6-56,"
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.