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Record Group Number: 000150
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Creator: Florida. Dept. of State.
Title, Dates: Dept. of State record group.
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Biographical/Historical Note:     The Department of State was created in 1969 (Ch. 69-106, Laws). The Secretary of State is the head of the Department of State.  The Secretary of State keeps records of all official acts of the Legislature and the Executive Department.  The Secretary and the Department administer elections, public records, the Great Seal, and the Administrative Code; issue charters to corporations; and manage the state's library services, archives, cultural affairs, museum, and historic resources.  The Secretary is the Chief Cultural Officer and the Chief Protocol Officer of the State.

    The post of Secretary of State was one of the elected Cabinet posts until January 3, 2003, the effective date of a 1998 constitutional amendment eliminating the office from the Cabinet and making the department responsible to the governor, with the Secretary of State position a gubernatorial appointment.  When this change became effective, the Department's Division of Licensing, which served to license public agencies (private detectives, security guards, charitable and consumer protection organizations), was transferred to the Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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