January 28, 2003
Florida Department of State
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Secretary of State Glenda E. Hood announced today that a special session will not be convened under the provisions of Article III, Section 3(c)(2) of the Florida Constitution and section 11.011(2), Florida Statutes.
Of the 40 members of the Florida Senate:
16 responded "yes"
23 responded "no"
1 "no response received"
In order to meet the statutory threshold of 3/5, (24 members) of the Florida Senate would have to respond in the affirmative. This threshold was not met.
Of the 120 members of the Florida House of Representatives:
39 responded "yes"
40 responded "no"
39 "no response received"
Per their staff, 2 were unable to respond (Representative Baker is deployed in Iraq and Representative Detert is out of the state).
In order to meet the statutory threshold of 3/5, (72 members) of the Florida House of Representatives would have to respond in the affirmative. This threshold was not met.
For a copy of the registered letter which will be sent to all 160 Legislators along with detailed information of the poll visit www.dos.state.fl.us.