Skip to Navigation | Skip to Main Content | Skip to Site Map

Account: Sign Up | Login

Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700100: Florida's Heritage and Future by Loyal Millett

ARTICLE II: GENERAL PROVISIONS, New Section.

Catchline: Heritage and Future

 

We, the People of the State of Florida, do acknowledge that our State, throughout her history, was involved in shameful and inexcusable practices such as the enslavement of Africans, the massacre and forced relocation of the Native Americans, seceding from the American Union and fighting against our fellow citizens, and the forced segregation and inhumane treatment of African-Americans.

We, the State of Florida, do express our sorrow and regret for the State's involvement in these atrocities. But in the spirit of E Pluribus Unum, we must never forget our State's troubled history, and we must move forward with the intention of never letting history repeat itself.

Therefore, the State of Florida does hereby enact the following:

(a) No national, naval or battle flag of the former Confederate States of America shall be flown from any building, structure, facility, courthouse, jailhouse, or park that is owned and/or operated by the State, the counties, and/or the municipalities. The encased displaying of such flags within museums or at historical sites shall not be infringed. This subsection does not impair the First Amendment Rights of the People to display such flags on their personal property or their person; provided such display does not disturb or breach the peace.

(b) All State and local memorials, statues, monuments, and cemeteries to soldiers of the Confederate Army shall be retained; provided, however, any and all public memorials, statues, monuments or markers that commemorate any person, place, or event in connection with the aforesaid atrocities shall be dismantled and removed, as provided by law.

(c) No county, public building, roads, highways, bridges, rivers, lakes, creeks, natural landmarks, airports, or public parks shall be named after any person, place, or event that is in connection with the aforesaid atrocities.

(d) The Legislature shall pass necessary legislation to enact the provisions of this section. The State of Florida shall cooperate with such localities and the Federal Government, wherever necessary, to enact the provisions of this section.