Florida Senate - 2018                             CS for SJR 194
       By the Committee on Ethics and Elections; and Senators Steube
       and Young
       582-02644-18                                           2018194c1
    1                       Senate Joint Resolution                     
    2         A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 4
    3         of Article IX and the creation of a new section in
    4         Article XII of the State Constitution to limit the
    5         terms of office for a member of a district school
    6         board; providing applicability; providing an effective
    7         date.
    9  Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         That the following amendment to Section 4 of Article IX and
   12  the creation of a new section in Article XII of the State
   13  Constitution are agreed to and shall be submitted to the
   14  electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next
   15  general election or at an earlier special election specifically
   16  authorized by law for that purpose:
   17                             ARTICLE IX                            
   18                              EDUCATION                            
   19         SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.—
   20         (a) Each county shall constitute a school district;
   21  provided, two or more contiguous counties, upon vote of the
   22  electors of each county pursuant to law, may be combined into
   23  one school district. In each school district there shall be a
   24  school board composed of five or more members chosen by vote of
   25  the electors in a nonpartisan election for appropriately
   26  staggered terms of four years, as provided by law.
   27         (b) The school board shall operate, control and supervise
   28  all free public schools within the school district and determine
   29  the rate of school district taxes within the limits prescribed
   30  herein. Two or more school districts may operate and finance
   31  joint educational programs.
   32         (c)A person may not appear on the ballot for reelection to
   33  the office of school board member if, by the end of the current
   34  term of office, the person will have served, or but for
   35  resignation would have served, in that office for twelve
   36  consecutive years.
   37                             ARTICLE XII                           
   38                              SCHEDULE                             
   39         Limitation on terms of office for members of a district
   40  school board.-This section and the amendment to Section 4 of
   41  Article IX imposing term limits for the terms of office for
   42  members of a district school board shall take effect on the date
   43  it is approved by the electorate, but no service in a term of
   44  office which commenced prior to November 6, 2018, will be
   45  counted against the limitation imposed by this amendment.
   46         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be
   47  placed on the ballot:
   48                      CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT                     
   49                        ARTICLE IX, SECTION 4                      
   50                             ARTICLE XII                           
   52  SCHOOL BOARD.—Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution
   53  to limit terms for school board members by prohibiting incumbent
   54  members who have held the office for the preceding twelve years
   55  from appearing on a ballot for reelection to that office and to
   56  provide that the amendment only applies to terms of office
   57  beginning on or after November 6, 2018.