Florida Constitution Revision Commission: 2017-2018
The First Step is Realizing the Power This Committee Holds. The Second Step is Keeping Informed
In 1968, Florida became the only state that allows for its state constitution to be revisited and changed through a regularly scheduled commission called the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). The CRC, which meets every 20 years, is a group of 37 commissioners who examine the relevance and applicability of Florida’s Constitution to current and future needs. The CRC can be seen as a great opportunity for our state, but because ordinary checks and balances on power do not apply to this committee, the CRC also holds incredible power over Florida’s constitution. Their decisions on topics ranging from gambling to education, redistricting to the courts, could impact Florida’s families and businesses well beyond the next 20 years. More than in any other political process in Florida, it is vital for the citizens to be informed, engaged and skeptical when our state’s constitution is being changed.
Did You Know?
- The CRC can place amendments to our state constitution directly on the ballot without judicial review or the threat of an executive veto,
- The recommendations of the CRC do not have a single subject requirement, meaning that it can bundle non-germane options in the hopes of increasing the likelihood of passage, and
- In 1998, the CRC led the conversations that ultimately resulted in the reduced size of the Florida Cabinet, which made the Governor more powerful.
Why the CRC Matters to You?
In February 2017, Florida named its third commission. The CRC is considering 103 proposed changes to Florida’s Constitution. These proposals will appear on the 2018 General Election ballot.
As before, broad coalitions of Floridians will attempt to inform and bring policy research into the process. However, in the modern political arena, it is easier than ever before to message and over-simplify complex policy decisions in 140-character tweets and 30-second television ads. And for Florida, the risks of out-of-state billionaires or unusual campaigns are greater than before. Regrettably, bad ideas still exist and the policy ramifications for a constitution are immense.
How to Get Involved
Take part in this historic moment in Florida’s history. Complete the form below and we will send you updates on the proposals the CRC is considering. We will keep you updated on which ones are “Good” or “Bad” for business and which ones make their way onto the 2018 ballot.
For more information, on how you can get involved, please contact Hannah Kaplan today.