Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - December 10, 2019
December 10, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #80

Resolution supporting ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Contact:  Mitchell O. Palmer, County Attorney, ext. 3750

Presenter:  Reggie Bellamy, County Commissioner, District 2


Action Requested
Consideration of adoption of Resolution R-19-168, supporting the ratification by the Florida Legislature of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Chapter 125, Florida Statutes

Background Discussion

At the Board of County Commissioners' regular meeting on November 19, 2019, the Board unanimously voted to instruct the County Attorney's Office to work with Commissioner Bellamy and to return to the Board with a proposed resolution in support of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  It is anticipated that Commissioner Bellamy will lead the discussion on this item.


On March 27, 1972, the proposed Equal Rights Amendment passed both houses of Congress, and was sent to the states for ratification as the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The Amendment reads:  "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex."

Ratification requires at least 38 states to adopt the proposed Amendment.  To date, 37 states have acted to ratify the Amendment.

The original deadline for ratification by the states was 7 years (1979), but was later extended by Congress to June 30, 1982.  As of that date, 35 of the necessary 38 states had ratified.

The Amendment has been re-introduced in Congress in every session since 1982.

In 2017, Nevada became the 36th state to ratify.

In 2018, Illinois became the 37th state to ratify.

In 2019, several Florida local governments adopted supportive resolutions, to include Hillsborough County and the Cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg.  These resolutions urge the Florida Legislature to act to make Florida the 38th ratifying state.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
This agenda item was prepared by County Attorney Mitchell O. Palmer.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please see the instructions appearing in paragraph 3 of the Resolution.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Equal Rights Amend_R-19-168.pdf