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Making Modern FloridaHow the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New State Constitution$
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Mary E. Adkins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062853

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062853.001.0001

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Putting It Together, Part II

Putting It Together, Part II

(p.152) 8 Putting It Together, Part II
Making Modern Florida

Mary E. Adkins

University Press of Florida

Why did it take four legislative sessions spanning two years to pass the new Constitution and put it on the ballot? First, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the 1967 legislature unconstitutional and Florida existed for three months without a valid legislature while hurry-up elections were again held statewide. Then the Walt Disney World project‘s proposed legislation singlehandedly preempted consideration during the second legislative session. Then, once the legislators started actually paying attention to the proposed Constitution, they found much to disagree with. Finally, in the heat of the summer of 1968, the legislators passed a document most of them could live with. Public relations battles for and against ratification were waged; although the public ratified the Constitution, the geographic areas voting for and against it were telling.

Keywords:   Disney, Elections, Florida Constitution, Legislature, Ratification, Reapportionment, U.S. Supreme Court

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