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How can amendments be made to the Florida Constitution?

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Amendments to the Florida Constitution are governed by Article XI of the Florida Constitution of 1968. Any properly proposed amendments are placed on the ballot in the next general election and must be approved by 60 percent of the voters of the state to be enacted, states the Florida Division of Elections.

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Article XI of the Florida Constitution also prescribes specific methods that a proposed amendment may be placed on the ballot, says the Florida Legislature. The Florida Department of State, Division of Elections lists these methods as a joint resolution of the state legislature, a recommendation of the revision commission that is required by the constitution to meet, a citizens' initiative for an amendment or a constitutional convention, or through a recommendation of the taxation and budget reform commission.

For a resolution of the legislature to be included on the ballot, it must pass by a three-fifths vote of both houses of the legislature, says the Florida Legislature. The revision commission is mandated by Section 2 of Article XI to meet every 20 years and review the need for amendments. The taxation and budget reform commission is similarly required to meet every 20 years, but its focus is solely on budgetary and revenue concerns. The members of each of these commissions is specified in Article XI.

The citizens of the state may propose ballot initiatives for a specific amendment, or call for a constitutional convention to be held to revise the constitution in its entirety, notes the Florida Legislature.

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