CRC - 2017 P 50 By Commissioner Diaz diazj-00061-17 201750__ 1 A proposal to amend 2 Section 15 of Article III of the State Constitution to 3 require a candidate for the Legislature to reside in 4 the district from which the candidate seeks election 5 upon qualifying except at the election next following 6 a reapportionment. 7 8 Be It Proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission of 9 Florida: 10 11 Section 15 of Article III of the State Constitution is 12 amended to read: 13 ARTICLE III 14 LEGISLATURE 15 SECTION 15. Terms and qualifications of legislators.— 16 (a) SENATORS. Senators shall be elected for terms of four 17 years, those from odd-numbered districts in the years the 18 numbers of which are multiples of four and those from even 19 numbered districts in even-numbered years the numbers of which 20 are not multiples of four; except, at the election next 21 following a reapportionment, some senators shall be elected for 22 terms of two years when necessary to maintain staggered terms. 23 (b) REPRESENTATIVES. Members of the house of 24 representatives shall be elected for terms of two years in each 25 even-numbered year. 26 (c) QUALIFICATIONS. Each candidate for the legislature 27 shall, at the time he or she qualifies, be a resident of the 28 district from which the candidate seeks election, except at the 29 election next following a reapportionment. Each legislator shall 30 be at least twenty-one years of age, an elector and resident of 31 the district from which elected and shall have resided in the 32 state for a period of two years prior to election. 33 (d) ASSUMING OFFICE; VACANCIES. Members of the legislature 34 shall take office upon election. Vacancies in legislative office 35 shall be filled only by election as provided by law.