Florida Senate - 2021 SJR 1968 By Senator Thurston 33-00781-21 20211968__ 1 Senate Joint Resolution 2 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 3 15 of Article III of the State Constitution to require 4 a legislator to be an elector and resident of the 5 district in which he or she is seeking election at the 6 time of qualifying for nomination or election to 7 office. 8 9 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 That the following amendment to Section 15 of Article III 12 of the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to 13 the 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 III 17 LEGISLATURE 18 SECTION 15. Terms and qualifications of legislators.— 19 (a) SENATORS. Senators shall be elected for terms of four 20 years, those from odd-numbered districts in the years the 21 numbers of which are multiples of four and those from even 22 numbered districts in even-numbered years the numbers of which 23 are not multiples of four; except, at the election next 24 following a reapportionment, some senators shall be elected for 25 terms of two years when necessary to maintain staggered terms. 26 (b) REPRESENTATIVES. Members of the house of 27 representatives shall be elected for terms of two years in each 28 even-numbered year. 29 (c) QUALIFICATIONS. Each legislator shall be at least 30 twenty-one years of age, shall be an elector and resident of the 31 district in which he or she is seeking election at the time of 32 qualifying for nomination or election to office,
from which33 electedand shall have resided in the state for a period of two 34 years prior to election. 35 (d) ASSUMING OFFICE; VACANCIES. Members of the legislature 36 shall take office upon election. Vacancies in legislative office 37 shall be filled only by election as provided by law. 38 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 39 placed on the ballot: 40 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 41 ARTICLE III, SECTION 15 42 QUALIFICATIONS OF LEGISLATORS.—Proposing an amendment to 43 the State Constitution to require that a legislator be an 44 elector and resident of the district in which he or she is 45 seeking election at the time of qualifying for nomination or 46 election to office, rather than upon election to such office.