You may have read a plethora of articles on the completed work of the 2018 Constitution Revision Commission and thought to yourself, “What!?”
Today I am going share the CRC press release that includes all of the proposals, now revisions, that will become constitutional amendments on the 2018 ballot. Here they are in one place where you can easily research them.
Six of the amendments to be are grouped and related. Although for many, controversial, in my opinion, this is a good thing, perfectly legal, and we all know this was done by both former CRCs. Unlike Citizen Initiatives, the CRC is not held to a “single subject.” There is a reason for this; it allows more public ideas to be included. To be inclusive was the goal as there were over 2000 public/commissioner proposals submitted, and only 20 were approved to go on the ballot. To accommodate, six that were determined to be legally related are grouped. Two are separate. ~for a total of 8.
I am proud of the work of the commission! It has been my greatest honor to be a part. We devoted over one year of service, and heard thousands of diverse Floridian’s speak out. We have provided many varied choices for voters to move into the future of the next twenty years…until the 2038 Constitution Revision Commission convenes! “Getting there” should be interesting, and we all must get involved to make Florida’s challenging and changing future the best possible. We must read, study, talk to other fellow Floridians, debate, and VOTE!
I have read many articles myself and wish to share one that is great at simplifying the 8 amendments as it provides a chart. This article is written by Aron C. Dunlap of Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach. I do not know him or the law firm, but I thank Mr Dunlap for publishing:
Hmmm? 20 more years until the next CRC….I will be 74 years old by then! How about you? 🙂
CRC Office — Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 16, 2018, CONTACT: Meredith Beatrice, (850) 508-5204
CRC APPROVES EIGHT REVISIONS FOR THE 2018 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Pursuant to Article XI, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) today voted to approve eight revisions to be placed on the 2018 General Election ballot for voter consideration.
CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff, said, “For more than a year, Commissioners have traveled across the state to speak directly with citizens about the changes they want to see in the Florida Constitution. After months of in-depth research and debate, the CRC has narrowed down thousands of comments and ideas into eight final revisions for voter consideration. From protecting our state and territorial waters from oil drilling to strengthening our ethics laws, I commend my fellow Commissioners for their hard work and leadership representing the people of Florida. We are grateful to the thousands of Floridians who participated in this historic process and look forward to letting voters have the final say in November.”
Proposed constitutional revisions on the ballot must secure at least 60 percent voter approval to become law. A formal report will be submitted to the Florida Secretary of State as soon as possible. A list of the final revisions approved by the CRC are provided below; the full text of each revision is available on flcrc.gov:
- P 6002: First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities
- P 6003: School Board Term Limits and Duties; Public Schools
- P 6004: Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces
- P 6005: State and Local Government Structure and Operation
- P 6006: Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes
- P 6007: Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers
- P 6012: Ends Dog Racing
ABOUT THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION (CRC)
Once every 20 years, Florida’s Constitution provides for the creation of a 37-member revision commission for the purpose of reviewing Florida’s Constitution and proposing changes for voter consideration. The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) meets for approximately one year, traveling the State of Florida, identifying issues, performing research and possibly recommending changes to the Constitution. Any amendments proposed by the CRC would be placed on the 2018 General Election ballot. For additional information, visit flcrc.gov. Follow the CRC on social media @FloridaCRC (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube).
CRC website, press release: http://www.flcrc.gov/Media/PressReleases/Show/1099