Joint Resolutions

Joint ResolutionDrafting Guide

Joint Resolution: Drafting Guidelines

The Florida Legislature uses the Joint Resolution to propose changes in the Constitution of Florida – an addition, deletion, or amendment regarding a Section or Article of the Constitution of the State.

The Florida Constitution sets up the fundamental laws and principles that govern the operation of the state. Laws passed by the Legislature must be consistent with those principles set forth in the Florida Constitution. A Joint Resolution must pass the Legislature with three-fifths (3/5) majority vote (in each Chamber).

Joint Resolutions are subject to review by the Supreme Court for Single Subject and other Constitutional Compliance.

Technical Aspects of a Joint Resolution

1.  The Title is preceded by the words Joint Resolution followed by a brief description of the action. Follow the same process as used in a Bill Title.

Example:

A Joint Resolution

Proposing the repeal of Section I, Article X, State Constitution, relating to a limitation on the power of the Legislature to ratify amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

2.  The Resolving Clause is worded as follows:
Be it Resolved by The Florida YMCA Youth In Government State Legislature

3.  The Amendatory Language:
(This part meets the constitutional requirement to specify what you are proposing.)

  • Example of Amendatory language for proposing an amendment:  That the following amendment to Section ____ of Article ____ of the State Constitution is hereby agreed to and shall be submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next general election.
  • Example for creating a new Section:  That the addition of the following Section ____ of Article ____ of the State Constitution, is hereby agreed to and shall be submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next general election.
  • Example for repealing a SectionL  That the repeal of Section ____ of Article ____ of the State Constitution, is hereby agreed to and shall be submitted to the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next general election.

4. The Body

  • The Subsections of the body, are preceded by the Section and Article number as well as the Article title.
  • You must include the entire text of the Subsection or Section to be created and/or the Subsection or Section to be amended.
  • Strikethrough any words (or Sections) in the existing Constitution you wish to remove.
  • Underline any words (or Sections) you wish to add to the Constitution.
  • Select each word of new Sections carefully.
  • It is preferable to leave an Effective Date out of a Joint Resolution. The Constitution mandates that if it is approved by the voters it will take effect on the first Monday in January following the election.

Joint Resolution: Drafting Guidelines