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Record Group Number: 000200
Series/Collection Number: .S 1871
Creator: Florida. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Title, Dates: Commissioner Doyle Conner's Government Re-Organization Bill files, 1969.
Amount: .50 cubic ft.
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Biographical/Historical:     In 1968, Florida voters approved a new state constitution, which took effect in Jan. 1969. The Constitution required the State Legislature to re-organize the Executive branch. Many felt that the elected cabinet system--in which the six cabinet members ( the Treasurer, the Comptroller, the Attorney General, the Secretary of State and the Commissioners of Agriculture and Education,) were popularly elected--should be abolished, and that the cabinet members should become appointees of the governor. Agriculture Commissioner Doyle Conner bitterly opposed this move, and fought against it through speeches, writings, and by encouraging his constituents to correspond with members of the state legislature. The elected cabinet system was retained by the 1969 Re-Organization bill.
      Doyle Conner's service in Florida government began in 1950 when he was elected to Florida's House of Representatives.  During this time, Conner was a sophomore at the University of Florida working towards his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.  Before completion of his degree, Conner was re-elected for a second term to the House of Representatives. He was first elected Commissioner of Agriculture in 1960, and was re-elected for the next seven elections. He retired in 1990.
Summary:   This series documents Commissioner Doyle Conner's efforts to retain the elected cabinet system. Included are speeches, news clippings, press releases and Conner's correspondence to constituents, which included a "Conner's Corner" newsletter. Also included are the letters, and the  responses to them, that his constituents wrote to the state senators and representatives.
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Subject Access Fields: Conner, Doyle, 1928-
Florida. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Agriculture Florida
Agriculture and politics.
Organizational change.
Elections Florida
Legislation Florida
Constitution revisions.
Newsletters. aat
Letters. aat
Speeches. aat
Clippings. aat
Florida Agriculture
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