Legal Update

Partnership for revising Florida’s Constitution

FPA is one of several  members of the Partnership for Revising Florida’s Constitution, whose mission is to educate the public on the importance of the 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), engage them in the process and empower them to vote on the proposals in 2018. The Partnership is led by the LeRoy Collins Institute with funding for the project generously provided by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and is supported by a variety of partners in addition to FPA.

Every 20 years the CRC is appointed to examine the Florida Constitution, hold public hearings and possibly recommend changes to the Florida Constitution for voter consideration. The CRC is composed of 37 people appointed by the Governor, Legislature, Florida Supreme Court and Florida Attorney General.

The people of Florida and newspapers in particular play a critical role in the CRC to ensure citizen involvement in the appointment of commissioners and monitoring the CRC process. The Citizens’ Guide is a great resource and breaks down the Commission’s task in an easy-to-understand format. Click here to view the Citizens’ Guide. The Citizens’ Guide is also available in Spanish.

The members of the 2017-2018 Commission will be selected 30 days before the start of the 2017 Legislative Session. The Commission will begin its work upon the conclusion of the 2017 session. They will meet for approximately one year, traveling the state, identifying issues, performing research and gathering public input. Citizens can attend and participate in these state-wide public hearings to make sure the issues they care about are carefully considered.

Most importantly, citizens can vote on the proposals on the 2018 ballot.

Further information on the CRC can be obtained from the Partnership website at: http://www.revisefl.com/index.php.