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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

CRC Office — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 17, 2017

CONTACT: Meredith Beatrice, (850) 508-5204


CRC Chairman Beruff: Majority of CRC Proposals Represent Public Ideas

More than 50 percent of proposals filed by Commissioners represent public proposal submissions received by the CRC

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) announced that more than 50 percent of the 103 proposed constitutional revisions filed by CRC Commissioners represent public ideas. In addition to directly sponsoring public proposals without making language changes, CRC Commissioners represented hundreds of public proposals and ideas submitted by the public.

CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff, said, “Over the past seven months, CRC Commissioners have traveled the state listening to Floridians and reviewed thousands of public proposals and comments. As a result, more than 50 percent of proposals filed by Commissioners represent public ideas. Much like the previous CRC in 1997-1998 advanced ‘general concepts’ based on public input, we identified general themes and ideas that were submitted by Floridians and then crafted proposals in the appropriate legal language. Altogether, more than 740 public proposal submissions are represented by Commissioner proposals. If you also consider the Commissioner proposals inspired by ideas presented by Floridians at CRC public hearings, this representation is even higher. Proposals are now being referred to CRC Committees for further review and consideration. We encourage Floridians to stay engaged in the CRC process as we move forward.”

Of the 103 proposals filed by Commissioners, 56 address topics similar to approximately 746 public proposal submissions. A spreadsheet demonstrating the matches between public proposals received by the CRC and proposals filed by Commissioners is available at flcrc.gov/Reference. (Spreadsheets containing all 2,013 public proposal submissions are also available at flcrc.gov/Reference.)

In addition to public proposal submissions, Commissioner proposals also represent ideas shared by Floridians through other means including testimony at CRC public hearings. A spreadsheet organizing the topics discussed at CRC public hearings is available at flcrc.gov/Reference.

How to Review Proposals and Public Input

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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).