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Record Group Number: 000100
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Creator: Florida. Office of the Governor.
Title, Dates: Office of the Governor record group.
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Biographical/Historical Note:     The post of Governor of the state was created in the 1838 Constitution (Article III, Section 1, 1838 Constitution; Article IV, Section 1, 1885 and 1968 Constitutions; Ch. 14 FS) and became effective in 1845.  The Governor serves a four-year term and, since 1968, can succeed himself for one term.
    The Governor is the Chief Executive Officer of the state and as such is commander-in-chief of the state militia, signs all commissions for state and county officers, fills hundreds of state and county offices by appointment, and has the power of suspension over state and county officers.  The Governor is also chief planning and budgeting officer for the state, has veto power over legislative acts, can call special sessions of the Legislature, and can call for adjournment if the Legislature cannot agree upon a time.
    The Executive Office of the Governor was created in 1979 (Ch. 79-190, Laws).  The Office is comprised of staff members handling the administrative functions required by the Governor.  The Office also houses various committees, commissions, and councils created by the Governor.
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