1984 - 1986

YEAR AMENDMENT SUMMARY STATUS COMMENTS
1984 HJR 37 (eligibility for county court judge) Provided that county judges must be members of The Florida Bar. Adopted:
For:2,529,436
Against:823,219
The 1996 Article V Task Force recommended but the Legislature rejected a proposal that would have raised the experience level for county court judges (and circuit court judges) from 5 to 10 years.
1984 HJR 452 (election of county commissioners by single-member districts) Amended constitution to allow election of county commissioners by single-member districts rather that by at-large elections. Adopted:
For:2,150,510
Against:1,195,654
1984 HJR 1160 (procedures of the JNCís) Provides that (1) all judicial nominating commissions operate under uniform rules and (2) the Sunshine Laws will be applicable to all meetings except JNC deliberations. Adopted:
For:2,720,297
Against:590,960
During the 1996 Article V Task Force, the privacy of JNC deliberations became an issue. The Task Force narrowly passed a recommended that would have opened the deliberation process to the public. The proposal, however, was stripped from the proposal in the Legislature.
1986
(November 4, 1986) 1985 HJR 386 (creates office of statewide prosecutor) Established the office of the statewide prosecutor, who has concurrent jurisdiction with state attorneys in cases involving crimes committed involving more than one circuit. Adopted:
For:2,168,701
Against:811,122
1986 HJR 1305 (homestead) Changed homestead exemption from flat $25,000 to $5000 plus one-half of the assessed value of property over the $5000. Rejected:
For:1,127,438
Against:2,045,473