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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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Drafting a Constitution, Drafting a Legislature

Drafting a Constitution, Drafting a Legislature

(p.102) 6 Drafting a Constitution, Drafting a Legislature
Making Modern Florida

Mary E. Adkins

University Press of Florida

The certified-question debates engaged the whole Constitution Revision Commission. The committees then met again, and each drafted the parts of the constitution that its work governed. The draft was published, and the CRC held public hearings around the state to get input. They incorporated the suggested changes into another draft. During the same months, the U.S. Supreme Court repeatedly invalidated the Florida legislature because of malapportionment, the Pork Chop Gang finally faced extinction, and the 1966 gubernatorial campaign resulted in the election of Florida’s first Republican governor in ninety years, Claude Kirk, who defeated Miami mayor Robert King High.

Keywords:   Chesterfield Smith, Claude Kirk, Constitution Revision Commission, Legislature, Public hearings, Reapportionment, Robert King High, U.S. Supreme Court

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