ORDER-OA&BRIEF SCHED (AG ADVISORY OPIN)
The above cases are hereby consolidated, on the Court's own motion, for all
purposes. From this date forward, all documents pertaining to the above
consolidated cases should be filed electronically through the Florida Court's EFiling
Portal using case number SC19-1165 only.
Pursuant to the provisions of article IV, section 10, Florida Constitution, and
section 16.061, Florida Statutes, the Attorney General of Florida has requested this
Court's opinion as to whether the text of the proposed amendment titled
"Citizenship Requirement to Vote in Florida Elections" complies with article XI,
section 3, Florida Constitution, and whether the proposed ballot title and substance
comply with section 101.161, Florida Statutes.
Section 16.061, Florida Statutes, requires the Attorney General, within thirty
days after receipt of the proposed amendment or revision to the State Constitution
by initiative petition, to petition this Court for an advisory opinion regarding
compliance of the text of the proposed amendment with article XI, section 3,
Florida Constitution, and compliance of the proposed ballot title and substance
with section 101.161, Florida Statutes.
The full text of the Attorney General's letter is attached hereto as an exhibit
and made a part thereof.
On August 23, 2019, the Financial Impact Estimating Conference, in
accordance with the provisions of section 100.371(5)(a), Florida Statutes,
forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General a financial impact statement on the
initiative petition. Section 16.061(3), Florida Statutes, provides for this Honorable
Court to review the financial impact statement to determine whether it is in
accordance with section 100.371, Florida Statutes.
IT IS, THEREFORE, the order of the Court that interested parties must file
their responses on or before October 1, 2019 and serve a copy thereof on the
Attorney General. Answer briefs must be filed on or before October 16, 2019.
Replies must be filed on or before October 28, 2019. Briefs submitted will be
available on the Court's public online docket at
The Court will make a final determination regarding OA at a later date.
However, interested parties should be prepared for oral argument during the week
of December 2-6, 2019. Parties will be notified approximately forty days prior to
oral argument. Parties who have filed a response and have asked to be heard may,
in the Court's discretion, be permitted to participate in oral argument.