TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (The News Service of Florida) - A coalition of sheriffs, tax collectors, clerks of court and property appraisers gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday, supporting a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.
The proposal, known as Amendment 10, would require all local constitutional officers to be elected and would remove the ability of charter counties to modify those offices.
The measure could affect some of the 20 Florida counties that have charter governments.
Under the current Constitution, a charter county can change the constitutional offices from elected to appointed positions and reassign the duties, with voter approval.
Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter says voters, rather than bureaucrats, should decide whether the leaders of the constitutional offices are doing a good job.
“Every four years, we get our report card," said Hunter. "Every four years, we are put back before the people to ask did we do a good job or did we not? That is answered on that ballot, when they vote.”
In addition to the charter-county provision, the ballot proposal would lead to the Legislature beginning its annual session in January in even-numbered years.
It would create an Office of Domestic Security and Counterterrorism in the Department of Law Enforcement and it would revise the constitutional authority for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
60 percent of voters must support the proposal for it to pass.