CRC - 2017 P 103 By Commissioner Nuñez nuezj-00103A-17 2017103__ 1 A proposal to amend 2 Section 3 of Article III of the State Constitution to 3 provide that the Legislature convene for regular 4 session on the second Tuesday after the first Monday 5 in January of each even-numbered year. 6 7 Be It Proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission of 8 Florida: 9 10 Section 3 of Article III of the State Constitution is 11 amended to read: 12 ARTICLE III 13 LEGISLATURE 14 SECTION 3. Sessions of the legislature.— 15 (a) ORGANIZATION SESSIONS. On the fourteenth day following 16 each general election the legislature shall convene for the 17 exclusive purpose of organization and selection of officers. 18 (b) REGULAR SESSIONS. A regular session of the legislature 19 shall convene on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in 20 March of each odd-numbered year, and on the second
firstTuesday 21 after the first Monday in January March, or such other date as22 may be fixed by law,of each even-numbered year. 23 (c) SPECIAL SESSIONS. 24 (1) The governor, by proclamation stating the purpose, may 25 convene the legislature in special session during which only 26 such legislative business may be transacted as is within the 27 purview of the proclamation, or of a communication from the 28 governor, or is introduced by consent of two-thirds of the 29 membership of each house. 30 (2) A special session of the legislature may be convened as 31 provided by law. 32 (d) LENGTH OF SESSIONS. A regular session of the 33 legislature shall not exceed sixty consecutive days, and a 34 special session shall not exceed twenty consecutive days, unless 35 extended beyond such limit by a three-fifths vote of each house. 36 During such an extension no new business may be taken up in 37 either house without the consent of two-thirds of its 38 membership. 39 (e) ADJOURNMENT. Neither house shall adjourn for more than 40 seventy-two consecutive hours except pursuant to concurrent 41 resolution. 42 (f) ADJOURNMENT BY GOVERNOR. If, during any regular or 43 special session, the two houses cannot agree upon a time for 44 adjournment, the governor may adjourn the session sine die or to 45 any date within the period authorized for such session; provided 46 that, at least twenty-four hours before adjourning the session, 47 and while neither house is in recess, each house shall be given 48 formal written notice of the governor’s intention to do so, and 49 agreement reached within that period by both houses on a time 50 for adjournment shall prevail.