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Constitution Revision Commission Hearings
"Floridians Speak, We Listen" Statewide Tour

UPCOMING HEARINGS:
Wednesday, April 26, 5-8 p.m.*
Gainesville (Alachua County)
University of Florida
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
3201 Hull Road
Gainesville FL 32611
Doors open at 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 27, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.*
Jacksonville (Duval County)
Florida State College Jacksonville
Kent Campus Auditorium
Building F, Room 128
3939 Roosevelt Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32205
Doors open at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 3, 4-7 p.m. CT *
Panama City (Bay County)
Gulf Coast State College
Amelia Center Auditorium
5230 West Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
Door open at 3 p.m. CT

Wednesday, May 10, 5-8 p.m.*
Fort Myers (Lee County)
Florida Southwestern State College
Suncoast Credit Union Arena
13351 FSW Parkway
Fort Myers, Fla. 33919

Wednesday, May 17
Hillsborough County


*End time is tentative depending upon attendance and public interest in speaking before the CRC. All Floridians wishing to speak before the CRC will be given an opportunity to be heard

Individuals requiring an accommodation to participate in these public hearings (such as a sign language interpreter) are requested to notify the Constitution Revision Commission five days prior to the scheduled meeting date at admin@flcrc.gov or 850.717.9550. Free parking available for all events.

Additional information, including times and venues, will be announced soon. End times are tentative depending upon attendance and public interest in speaking before the Commission.

Additional tour stops will be announced soon on FLCRC.GOV External Link.

March 29 Public Hearing - Orlando


PAST HEARINGS:
Wednesday, April 12, 5 p.m.
Leon County
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU)
Watch External Link

Friday, April 7 from 9 a.m. - noon
Boca Raton
Florida Atlantic University

Watch External Link
Thursday, April 6 from 5 - 8 p.m.
Miami
Florida International University

Watch External Link

Wednesday, March 29 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Orlando
University of Central Florida
Watch External Link

For the current schedule of confirmed public hearings, appearance forms and FAQ, go to FLCRC.GOV External Link.

Video of all public hearings and meetings held by the CRC is available on The Florida Channel website External Link. Public hearings will be live streamed by The Florida Channel External Link. Floridians can also receive updates by following the CRC on Twitter (@FloridaCRC) and on Facebook (@FloridaCRC).



Meet the Commissioners External Link

Commissioners Appointed by Governor Rick Scott:
  • Chairman Carlos Beruff
  • Commissioner Jose Armas
  • Commissioner Lisa Carlton
  • Commissioner Timothy Cerio
  • Commissioner Emery Gainey
  • Commissioner Brecht Heuchan
  • Commissioner Marva Johnson
  • Commissioner Darlene Jordan
  • Commissioner Fred Karlinsky
  • Commissioner Belinda Keiser
  • Commissioner Frank Kruppenbacher
  • Commissioner Gary Lester
  • Commissioner Jimmy Patronis
  • Commissioner Pam Stewart
  • Commissioner Nicole Washington

Commissioners Appointed by Florida Senate President Joe Negron:

  • Commissioner Anna Marie Hernandez Gamez
  • Commissioner Don Gaetz
  • Commissioner Patricia Levesque
  • Commissioner Sherry Plymale
  • Commissioner Bill Schifino Jr.
  • Commissioner Chris Smith
  • Commissioner Bob Solari
  • Commissioner Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
  • Commissioner Carolyn Timmann
Commissioners Appointed by Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran:
  • Commissioner Jose Felix Diaz
  • Commissioner Erika Donalds
  • Commissioner Tom Lee
  • Commissioner Rich Newsome
  • Commissioner Chris Nocco
  • Commissioner Jeanette Nuñez
  • Commissioner Darryl Rouson
  • Commissioner Chris Sprowls
  • Commissioner John Stemberger

Commissioners Appointed by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga:

  • Commissioner Hank Coxe
  • Commissioner Arthenia Joyner
  • Commissioner Roberto Martinez

Alternate Members
Governor Scott identified the following individuals to serve as alternates should one of the appointees not be able to fulfill their duties for the duration of the CRC:
  • Tom Kuntz, Chairman of the Board of Governors for the State University System of Florida
  • Don Eslinger, former Sheriff of Seminole County
  • Judge John Stargel, Circuit Judge in the 10th Judicial Circuit

General Counsel for the CRC
  • Will Spicola


Stories from the Daily News Summary

CRC BEGINS ITS WORK
The Florida Bar | Article | April 15, 2017

OUR OPINION: ELECTIONS ISSUES SHOULD BE AT TOP OF CRC’S AGENDA
Tallahassee Democrat | Editorial | April 16, 2017

LOTS OF POWER, BUT TOO MUCH SECRECY | EDITORIAL
South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Editorial | April 14, 2017

HUNDREDS OF CONCERNS AUTOMATICALLY SIGNED UP TO LOBBY CONSTITUTION REVIEW BOARD
Florida Politics | Article | April 12, 2017

PERSONNEL NOTE: GOVERNOR’S TOP LAWYER JOINING CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION
Florida Politics | Article | April 10, 2017

CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION PLANS PUBLIC HEARING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ON MAY 17
Tampa Bay Times | Article | April 11, 2017

LANE: CONCERNS AS STATE CONSTITUTION GETS SET FOR MAKEOVER
Daytona Beach News-Journal | Column | April 11, 2017

ADVOCACY GROUPS RAISE MORE CONCERNS ABOUT CONSTITUTION REVISION PROCESS
Tampa Bay Times | Article | April 10, 2017

CRC SCHEDULES TALLAHASSEE MEETING
WFSU Newsroom | Article | April 7, 2017

ABORTION RULES, FELON VOTING, AND AN FCAT BAN. TIME TO REWRITE FLORIDA’S CONSTITUTION.
Miami Herald | Article | April 6, 2017

WANT TO CHANGE THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION? HERE'S YOUR ONE-IN-20-YEAR CHANCE
WLRN Miami | Article | April 5, 2017

ACTIVISTS HOPE STATE CONSTITUTION COMMISSION WILL ADVANCE CHANGES IN FLORIDA PRIMARY SYSTEM
South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Article | April 5, 2017

GUEST EDITORIAL: WHAT IS THE CRC HIDING FROM THE PUBLIC?
St. Augustine Record | Editorial | April 5, 2017

CROWD COMES OUT FOR 1ST FLORIDA CONSTITUTION HEARING AT UCF
Orlando Sentinel | Article | March 29, 2017

CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION GETS EARFUL IN ORLANDO
Florida Politics | Article | March 30, 2017

CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION RULES CRITICIZED
Tallahassee Democrat | Article | March 29, 2017

GROUPS URGE CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION TO PUT OPEN PRIMARIES ON 2018 BALLOT
Politico Florida | Article | March 29, 2017

FLORIDA CONSTITUTION COMMISSION HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING TODAY AT UCF
Orlando Sentinel | Article | March 23, 2017

CORCORAN CRITICIZES CONSTITUTION REVISION SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay Times | Article | March 23, 2017

CONSTITUTION COMMISSION ANNOUNCES HEARINGS IN ORLANDO, MIAMI, BOCA RATON AND PENSACOLA
Miami Herald | Article | March 22, 2017

CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION CONVENES
Tallahassee Democrat | Article | March 20, 2017

KEEP THE CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION TRANSPARENT
Miami Herald | Editorial | March 20, 2017

CONSTITUTIONAL REWRITE PANEL’S TRANSPARENCY RULES WOULD TRACK LEGISLATURE’S
Florida Politics | Article | March 20, 2017

CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION CONVENES BUT DELAYS ADOPTION OF RULES
Tampa Bay Times | Article | March 20, 2017




Resources

The Florida Bar is a member of the Partnership for Revising Florida's Constitution and is committed to providing public education on the CRC and the process. Partnership for Revising Florida's Constitution.

Official website of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission: flcrc.gov External Link

CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff held an interview with The Florida Channel to discuss the CRC's ongoing efforts to travel the state and listen to Floridians as part of its "Floridians Speak, We Listen" tour. Watch. External Link

Benchmarks Lesson: Every 20 years - Florida's Constitution Revision Commission [BEING UPDATED]

2017 -18 Citizens’ Guide to the Constitution Revision Commission.PDF document opens in new window

2017 -18 Citizens’ Guide to the Constitution Revision Commission- Spanish.PDF document opens in new window
(Thanks to the Cuban American Bar Association for underwriting printing of the Citizens’ Guide in Spanish.)

Infographics (.pdfs): May be used on websites and in publications.
News Release: LeRoy Collins Institute Launches Effort to Educate & Engage Floridians in Upcoming Constitution Revision Commission ~Announces new partnership, releases Citizens’ Guide and hosts event featuring former commission members~

Constitutional Amendment Timeline Article XI Amendments

2017:
    February 5, 2017 - Within 30 days of the convening of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session (March 7, 2017), the Constitution Revision Commission shall be established. It shall be composed of the Attorney General, 15 members selected by the Governor, 9 members selected by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, 9 members selected by the President of the Senate, and 3 members selected by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Art. XI, § 2(a)). The Governor designates the chair (Art. XI, § 2(b)).
    Each Constitution Revision Commission shall convene at the call of the chair, adopt its rules of procedure, examine the constitution, hold public hearings, and file its proposals, if any, with the Secretary of State. (Art. XI, § 2(c)).

    March 7, 2017 - May 5, 2017 – Regular Legislative Session
    Any proposed amendment of a section or revision of one or more articles or the whole constitution must be proposed by a joint resolution approved by 3/5 of the membership of each house of the Legislature. (Art. XI, § 1).

    Any proposal to amend the constitution must be submitted to the electors at the next General Election that is held more than 90 days after the proposal is filed with the Secretary of State. However, a single amendment or revision may be submitted at a special election held at least 90 days after the proposal is filed if authorized by law enacted by 3/4 of the membership of each house of the Legislature. (Art. XI, § 5(a)).

    March 20, 2017 - First organizational meeting
2018:
    January 9, 2018 - March 9, 2018 – Regular Legislative Session (ch. 2016-218, Laws of Florida).

    May 10, 2018 - Not later than 180 days before the General Election, any proposals to revise the constitution by the Constitution Revision Commission must be filed with the Secretary of State (Art. XI, § 2(c)).

    November 6, 2018 - A General Election shall be held in each county on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year (Art. VI, § 5(a)).

    January 8, 2019 - If a proposed amendment or revision of the constitution is approved by at least 60% of the electors voting on the measure and, unless another date is specified in the amendment or revision, the amendment shall be effective on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January following the General Election. (Art. XI, § 5(e)).

[Revised: 04-24-2017]