FL CRC Amendment 10 – State and Local Government Structure and Operation

Requires the Legislature to hold its session in early January on even-numbered years; creates an Office of Domestic Security and Counterterrorism within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; mandates the existence of a state Department of Veterans’ Affairs; forces all counties to elect a sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections and Clerk of Circuit Court.

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A YES vote would...

  • Fix the date for state legislative sessions in even-numbered years as the second Tuesday in January.
  • Create an Office of Domestic Security and Counterterrorism within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and establish it as the lead agency in terrorism investigations and responses.
  • Force the Legislature to always have a Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
  • Force all of Florida’s counties, even those with a charter, to hold elections for all five local constitutional offices found in the state Constitution – sheriff, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, tax collector and clerk of the circuit court.

A NO vote would...

  • Continue allowing the Legislature to set a start date for its lawmaking session in even-numbered years.
  • Reject a constitutionally mandated Office of Security and Counterterrorism under the FDLE.
  • Reject a constitutionally mandated Department of Veterans’ Affairs, allowing the Legislature to determine if Florida should have such a department (which it currently does).
  • Allow Florida’s charter counties to continue determining the duties of five county offices identified in the state Constitution, and whether those offices should be elected posts.

Supporters

  • 66 Florida sheriffs

Opponents

  • League of Women Voters of Florida
  • Florida Education Association

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