Florida Senate - 2020 SJR 1216 By Senator Gruters 23-01781A-20 20201216__ 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. 7 8 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 That the following amendment to Section 4 of Article IX and 11 the creation of a new section in Article XII of the State 12 Constitution are agreed to and shall be submitted to the 13 electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next 14 general election or at an earlier special election specifically 15 authorized by law for that purpose: 16 ARTICLE IX 17 EDUCATION 18 SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.— 19 (a) Each county shall constitute a school district; 20 provided, two or more contiguous counties, upon vote of the 21 electors of each county pursuant to law, may be combined into 22 one school district. In each school district there shall be a 23 school board composed of five or more members chosen by vote of 24 the electors in a nonpartisan election for appropriately 25 staggered terms of four years, as provided by law. 26 (b) The school board shall operate, control and supervise 27 all free public schools within the school district and determine 28 the rate of school district taxes within the limits prescribed 29 herein. Two or more school districts may operate and finance 30 joint educational programs. 31 (c) A person may not appear on the ballot for reelection to 32 the office of school board member if, by the end of his or her 33 current term of office, the person will have served, or but for 34 resignation would have served, in that office for twelve 35 consecutive years. 36 ARTICLE XII 37 SCHEDULE 38 Limitation on terms of office for members of a district 39 school board.—This section and the amendment to Section 4 of 40 Article IX imposing limits on the terms of office for members of 41 a district school board shall take effect on the date they are 42 approved by the electorate, but no service in a term of office 43 that commenced before November 3, 2020, will be counted toward 44 the limitation imposed by this amendment. 45 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 46 placed on the ballot: 47 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 48 ARTICLE IX, SECTION 4 49 ARTICLE XII 50 LIMITATION ON TERMS OF OFFICE FOR MEMBERS OF A DISTRICT 51 SCHOOL BOARD.—Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution 52 to limit terms for school board members by prohibiting incumbent 53 members who have held the office for the preceding twelve years 54 from appearing on a ballot for reelection to that office and to 55 specify that the amendment applies only to terms of office 56 beginning on or after November 3, 2020.