Bill Text: FL S1434 | 2010 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Civil Rights of Ex-Felons [GPSC]

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Failed) 2010-04-30 - Died in Committee on Ethics and Elections [S1434 Detail]

Download: Florida-2010-S1434-Introduced.html
Florida Senate - 2010                                   SJR 1434 
By Senator Wilson 
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1                       Senate Joint Resolution 
2         A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 4 
3         of Article VI of the State Constitution to disqualify 
4         a person who is convicted of a felony from voting, 
5         holding public office, or serving on a jury only while 
6         the person is incarcerated. 
8  Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 
10         That the following amendment to Section 4 of Article VI of 
11  the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to 
12  the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next 
13  general election or at an earlier special election specifically 
14  authorized by law for that purpose: 
15                             ARTICLE VI 
16                       SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS 
17         SECTION 4. Disqualifications.— 
18         (a)(1) A No person convicted of a felony, or adjudicated in 
19  this or any other state to be mentally incompetent is not, shall 
20  be qualified to vote or hold office until restoration of civil 
21  rights or removal of disability. 
22         (2) A person may not be disqualified from voting, holding 
23  public office, or serving on a jury due to a felony conviction, 
24  except while incarcerated for the felony conviction. 
25         (b) A No person may not appear on the ballot for re 
26  election to any of the following offices: 
27         (1) Florida representative, 
28         (2) Florida senator, 
29         (3) Florida Lieutenant governor, or 
30         (4) any office of the Florida cabinet, 
31         (5)U.S. Representative from Florida, or 
32         (6)U.S. Senator from Florida 
34  if, by the end of the current term of office, the person will 
35  have served (or, but for resignation, would have served) in that 
36  office for eight consecutive years. 
37         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 
38  placed on the ballot: 
39                      CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 
40                        ARTICLE VI, SECTION 4 
41         CIVIL RIGHTS OF EX-FELONS.—The State Constitution currently 
42  prohibits a person who was convicted of a felony from voting or 
43  holding office until the person’s civil rights are restored. 
44  This amendment will prohibit a person convicted of a felony from 
45  voting, holding public office, or serving on a jury only while 
46  the person is incarcerated for the felony conviction.