Florida Senate - 2017 SJR 270 By Senator Thurston 33-00375-17 2017270__ 1 Senate Joint Resolution 2 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 8 3 of Article IV of the State Constitution, relating to 4 restoration of civil rights, to authorize the 5 Legislature to prescribe additional circumstances 6 under which certain fines and forfeitures may be 7 suspended or remitted, reprieves may be granted, civil 8 rights may be restored, and punishments may be 9 commuted. 10 11 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 That the following amendment to Section 8 of Article IV of 14 the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to 15 the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next 16 general election or at an earlier special election specifically 17 authorized by law for that purpose: 18 ARTICLE IV 19 EXECUTIVE 20 SECTION 8. Clemency.— 21 (a) Except in cases of treason and in cases where 22 impeachment results in conviction, and except as otherwise 23 prescribed by law, the governor may, by executive order filed 24 with the custodian of state records, suspend collection of fines 25 and forfeitures, grant reprieves not exceeding sixty days and, 26 with the approval of two members of the cabinet, grant full or 27 conditional pardons, restore civil rights, commute punishment, 28 and remit fines and forfeitures for offenses. 29 (b) In cases of treason the governor may grant reprieves 30 until adjournment of the regular session of the legislature 31 convening next after the conviction, at which session the 32 legislature may grant a pardon or further reprieve; otherwise 33 the sentence shall be executed. 34 (c) There may be created by law a parole and probation 35 commission with power to supervise persons on probation and to 36 grant paroles or conditional releases to persons under sentences 37 for crime. The qualifications, method of selection and terms, 38 not to exceed six years, of members of the commission shall be 39 prescribed by law. 40 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 41 placed on the ballot: 42 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 43 ARTICLE IV, SECTION 8 44 RESTORATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS.—Proposing an amendment to the 45 State Constitution to authorize the Legislature to provide 46 conditions under which fines and forfeitures may be suspended or 47 remitted, reprieves may be granted, civil rights may be 48 restored, and punishments may be commuted.