Florida Constitution Revision

Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Every 20 years a group of 37 people are appointed to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) to review and recommend changes to the Florida Constitution. The commission comprises of 15 members appointed by the Governor of Florida, 9 members chosen by the House Speaker, 9 members chosen by the Senate President, 3 members picked by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Florida Attorney General is an automatic member. The appointees to the 2017-2018 CRC can be found on www.revisefl.com.

This legislative session the CRC will begin their work. There will be public hearings throughout the state that Florida residents can attend. Some of the topics in consideration this year are transportation, education, natural resources, crime & justice, representation, healthcare and youth, elderly & the …

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League’s Strong Presence at CRC Meeting at FAU

By Joyce Sullivan

CRC MeetingHundreds of concerned Palm Beach County citizens, and all but one County Commissioner, showed up for the third session of the Constitutional Revision Committee held on April 7, 2017, at FAU’s Boca campus.  Key leaders in our county including Sharon Bock, Clerk of the Court; David Aronberg, State Attorney; and our own Supervisor of Elections, Susan Bucher, addressed the group.

Poor Publicity  

Despite the healthy turnout, likely more would have been in attendance if there had been better outreach and if the event had not been held on a work day.  Talk at the event centered around suspicions that the Committee planned it that way.  Several somber, and often bored, faces looked out at the audience.  But our members were peppered throughout …

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Breaking News: Restoring The Vote

The Florida Supreme Court gave approval on April 20, 2017 for ballot language for a proposed amendment to the Florida state constitution that would automatically restore the right to vote for persons with past felony convictions.  Florida is one of four states with a lifetime ban on voting.  Restoring the vote and a constitutional amendment to achieve the same is a 2017 legislative priority of the Florida League of Women Voters.

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Here is a related article by one of our favorite columnists, Frank Cerabino.

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Florida Constitutional Revision (CRC) Hearing


Florida Constitutional Revision (CRC) Hearing

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On April 7, thirty-one League members attended the Florida Constitutional Revision (CRC) Hearing. Twenty-two of them testified at this important public hearing. The Boca Raton CRC hearing is one of several hearings that are being held across the state by the Commission.

Issues brought forth were:

Restoration of Voting Rights for Former Felons
Abortion Rights
Civic Education
Preservation of Judicial Powers
Climate Change
Health Care
Work Permit Verification
Education (funding, vouchers, charters)
Right to Die Decisions
National Popular Vote
Lobby Disclosure
Death Penalty
Election Write in Candidates
Candidate Majority Voting
Juvenile Justice
Aquifer Protection Act
Carbon Fuel Tax
Fishing Net Bans
Separation of State and Religion
Sanctuary Cities

LWBPBC President Karen Wilkerson testified on behalf of the

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Citizens’ Guide – Florida Constitution Revision Commission

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What Is the CRC?

What Is the CRC and Why Should You Care?

Jan 12, 2016 by Paula DockeryFlorida League of Women Voters

The Constitution Revision Commission is a big deal and voters should pay attention. This group of unelected appointees will have the power to put constitutional changes directly on the ballot.

The CRC is required to meet every 20 years to review and recommend changes to Florida’s Constitution. That’s pretty heady stuff. The politically well-connected will be jockeying for seats on this influential and prestigious panel.

The CRC can put forward amendments to clean up outdated or conflicting provisions or to remove language that is no longer binding. It can also introduce new issues, amend existing constitutional language or undo what citizens accomplished through the initiative process.

It’s …

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