Supreme Court Backs Broward's Voter-Approved Term Limits

Broward County’s term limits don’t violate the state Constitution, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Along with the ruling, the court reversed a 2005 injunction that has blocked term limits from being imposed for county commissioners in Sarasota County.

“We hold that the term limits provided in Broward County‘s charter do not violate the Florida Constitution,” the justices wrote in William Telli v. Broward County.

The Broward ruling answered the question of whether a county could enact term limits for county commissioners on its own or if the state Constitution would need to be amended.

The justices ruled the prior court ruling against term limits "overly restricts the authority of counties pursuant to their home rule powers under the Florida Constitution."

Voters in Broward, a charter county, approved term limits in 2000.

William Telli, a Fort Lauderdale resident and supporter of Broward Mayor John Rodstrom, filed the challenge in 2010.  Rodstrom was term-limited from office.

Telli argued that home rule charters shouldn't have power above the state Constitution.

Voters in Sarasota County approved term limits for their county commissioners in 1998, but a court injunction was approved based upon a prior Supreme Court ruling that term limits could not be imposed on constitutional officers, such as sheriff and tax collector.

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