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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700192: Term Limits by Loyal Millett

ARTICLE IV: EXECUTIVE, Section 5. Election of governor, lieutenant governor and cabinet members; qualifications; terms.

SECTION 5.Election of governor, lieutenant governor and cabinet members; qualifications; terms.
  1. At a state-wide general election in each calendar year the number of which is even but not a multiple of four, the electors shall choose a governor and a lieutenant governor and members of the cabinet each for a term of four years beginning on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of the succeeding year. In primary elections, candidates for the office of governor may choose to run without a lieutenant governor candidate. In the general election, all candidates for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor shall form joint candidacies in a manner prescribed by law so that each voter shall cast a single vote for a candidate for governor and a candidate for lieutenant governor running together.
  2. When elected, the governor, lieutenant governor and each cabinet member must be an elector not less than thirty years of age who has resided in the state for the preceding seven years. The attorney general must have been a member of the bar of Florida for the preceding five years. No person who has, or but for resignation would have, served as governor or acting governor for more than six years in two consecutive terms shall be elected governor for the succeeding term.

ARTICLE VI: SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS, Section 4. Disqualifications.

SECTION 4.Disqualifications.
  1. No person convicted of a felony, or adjudicated in this or any other state to be mentally incompetent, shall be qualified to vote or hold office until restoration of civil rights or removal of disability.
  2. No person may appear on the ballot for re-election to any of the following offices:
    1. Florida representative,
    2. Florida senator,
    3. Florida Lieutenant governor,
    4. any office of the Florida cabinet,
    5. U.S. Representative from Florida, or
    6. U.S. Senator from Florida
    if, by the end of the current term of office, the person will have served (or, but for resignation, would have served) in that office for eight consecutive years.

ARTICLE VI: SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS, New Section.

Catchline: The Term Limits Act of 2018.

 

(a) In order to broaden the opportunities for public service and to assure that elected officials of governments are responsive to the citizens of those governments, no nonjudicial elected official of any county, city, town, municipality, school district, service authority, or any other political subdivision of the State of Florida shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office, except that with respect to terms of office which are two years or shorter in duration, no such elected official shall serve more than three consecutive terms in office. This limitation on the number of terms shall apply to terms of office beginning on or after January 1, 2019. Terms are considered consecutive unless they are at least two years apart.

(b)(1) No person, in his/her lifetime, shall serve more than eight years total, in any of the following offices:

(A) Florida Governor;

(B) Florida Lieutenant-Governor; or

(C) Any elective office of the Florida Cabinet.

(2) No person, in his/her lifetime, shall serve more than eight years total in either house of the Legislature; nor shall any person, in his/her lifetime, serve more than twelve years total in a combination of terms in both houses of the Legislature.

(3) The limitations on the number of terms under this subsection (b) shall apply to terms of office beginning on or after January 1, 2019.