By Nora Caroline Yazgi
Special to the News
Once every 20 years, Florida’s Constitution provides for the creation of a 37-member revision commission for reviewing Florida’s Constitution and proposing changes for voter consideration.
Any amendments proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission will be placed on the 2018 general election ballot.
Want to suggest a constitutional amendment? Now is your chance, and you may do so through the comfort of your home or office through the Constitution Revision Commission’s website at flcrc.gov.
“When Gov. Rick Scott appointed me as chair of the CRC, one of my top priorities was to develop a website that allows all Floridians to participate and have a voice in this historic process,” said Chair Carlos Beruff.
Visitors to the website may also view information on all scheduled public hearings and meetings and add them to their personal calendars.
To submit a proposed constitutional amendment to the CRC, first-time users must register for a free account. Once an account is created, users may also receive notifications about CRC press releases and publications.
Floridians who would like to submit a comment or idea to the CRC may follow these simple steps:
• Visit flcrc.gov.
• Click on the “Submit a Comment or Idea” button on the upper right-hand side of the home page to open the comment form application.
• Fill in the required fields.
• Click “Send Email” at the bottom left-hand side of the window.
Proposals must be typed within the application. Users cannot copy and paste text or upload attachments. Proposals may take up to three business days to be posted on the CRC website, in accordance with the moderation policy.
The use of legal language when proposing a revision is vital for commissioners to understand a voter’s vision for Florida’s constitution. The site’s online submission tool is an easy way to have all voices be heard. Any inquiries about the CRC can be found on its website.
Listings of all CRC public hearings and full event details are available at flcrc.gov/Meetings/PublicHearings. You may also follow the CRC on twitter (@FloridaCRC) and Instagram (@FloridaCRC). Like the CRC on Facebook (@FloridaCRC).
Nora Caroline Yazgi is an intern from Florida State University with the Bar’s Public Information Department.