Just as the U.S. Constitution serves as the foundation for all law in this country, so does the Florida Constitution serve as the basis for all Florida law. Unlike the U.S. Constitution, however, the Florida Constitution is quite long and detailed. The outline for the powers and structure of Florida’s government are delineated. The Florida Constitution also includes provisions ranging from pregnant pigs to marine net fishing.
The text of the current version of the Florida Constitution can be found in several places, including the most recent set of Florida Statutes. Digital versions can be found in Lexis and Westlaw. Online Sunshine also has an online version.
For conducting historical legal research, previous versions of the Florida Constitution may be needed. The history of any amendments or changes can be found at the end of each section in the versions available on Online Sunshine and in print. They can also be found at Florida Memory and The Federal and State Constitutions Archives.
The Florida Constitution is amended much more easily and frequently than the U.S. Constitution. As a result, it’s important to ensure that any research includes consultation of the most recent version.
Amendments to the Florida Constitution are added by gaining the approval of at least 60% of those voting on them at a general election. Amendments may be proposed via the following five ways:
Amendment proposals, including their language, sponsor, and brief summaries can be found online at the following links.
This page was copied and adapted from the Florida Legal Research Guide created by Sarah Schuler.