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Constitution Revision Commission
2017-18 Florida CRC

Protect Florida Democracy: Our Constitution, Our Rights, Our Courts

Floridian's Guide - Protect Florida Democracy

With a recent survey showing that 9 of 10 Floridians are unaware of what the Constitution Revision Commission does, The Florida Bar in October launched Protect Florida Democracy: Our Constitution, Our Rights, Our Courts, a statewide public education program to fill the void in Floridians’ awareness of constitution revision and engage Floridians in this critical process. The Bar intends to engage Floridians in Protect Florida Democracy through an informational website, weekly newsletter, statewide speakers bureau and engaging social media campaign.


Meetings and Hearings

2018 Public Hearing Schedule

  • Tuesday, Feb. 6 (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Monday, Feb. 19 (Melbourne)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20 (Jacksonville)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27 (Pensacola)
  • Tuesday, March 13 (St. Petersburg)
  • TBD (Southwest Florida)

Full schedule listed here.

All CRC committee meetings are open to the public and will be livestreamed by The Florida Channel on www.TheFloridaChannel.org. Members of the public wishing to address CRC committees will be provided an opportunity to speak at the direction of the respective committee chair. Visit flcrc.gov/Committees for additional information on CRC committees and upcoming meeting dates.

Pursuant to the rules adopted on June 6, the remainder of the CRC schedule will be determined by the Rules and Administration Committee. The CRC intends to schedule additional public hearings in early 2018, however those dates and timeframes are to be determined. For the current schedule of public hearings, appearance forms and FAQ, go to FLCRC.GOV .

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


The Commission

Meet the Commissioners

On July 14, CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff announced committee assignments.

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 Tom Grady
  • 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

Resources

CRC Education Series Available for Free CLE Credit

The Bar’s Special Committee on the Constitution Revision Commission in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division developed a 12-part video education series on each section of the Florida Constitution for the commissioners. The series is also available for free continuing legal education credit* to all Florida Bar members. Course numbers are listed here. The CRC Education Series is posted here.*

*Each one-hour webinar is approved for 1.0 General CLE Credits and 1.0 /State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Certification Credits; and the Taxation webinar, in addition to being approved for the credits above, has also been approved for 1.0 Tax Law Certification Credits. 

 

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

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.

Benchmarks Lesson: Every 20 years – Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission [BEING UPDATED]

2017 -18 Citizens’ Guide to the Constitution Revision Commission.

2017 -18 Citizens’ Guide to the Constitution Revision Commission- Spanish.
(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.

Florida Issues
Why is Constitutional Revision Important
The Role of Citizens
What Does the Commission Do?
Who Serves on the Commission?
Amending Constitutions
Characteristics to Consider

 

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)).