The Constitution Revision Commission is one of five ways that Floridians can amend the state constitution. The Florida Constitution dictates the creation of a Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) every 20 years for the purpose of reviewing the state constitution and proposing changes for voter consideration.
What is the Constitution Revision Commission?
The Constitution Revision Commission is a group of 37 people appointed to review and recommend changes to the Florida Constitution; found in Article XI, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution. Every 20 years the commission is appointed to examine the Florida Constitution, hold public hearings and possibly recommend changes to the Florida Constitution for voter consideration.
Who serves on the Constitution Revision Commission?
The Governor of Florida appoints 15 members, the House Speaker and Senate President each pick nine members, three members are chosen by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Attorney General is an automatic member. The Governor selects one of the 37 members to serve as chairman.
What issues might voters face in the future?
Florida is now the third largest state in the country and as our population continues to grow, our state will grapple with issues like transportation, education and health care.
What is the role of citizens?
The people of Florida play a critical role in the Constitution Revision Commission. Citizens are involved in the appointment of commissioners by suggesting appointees and monitoring the process to ensure there are qualified, bi-partisan and forward-thinking individuals selected to serve in this important role. Once the commission is formed, they look to citizens for direction and suggestions. The CRC meets for approximately one year, traveling the state, identifying issues, performing research and gathering public input. Citizens can attend and participate in these statewide public hearings to make sure the issues they care about are carefully considered by the CRC. Most importantly, citizens can vote on the proposals on the 2018 ballot.