Florida Chamber Staff Analysis: Proposal 29

 

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Commissioner Proposal 29 was introduced by Commissioner Rich Newsome for consideration by the full Constitution Revision Commission. This proposal creates a new section of Article X of the Florida Constitution to require employers to use the federal Employment Authorization Program, also known as E-Verify, or face significant penalties. The proposal also gives sweeping, and possibly unconstitutional, powers to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to conduct unannounced inspections and interviews of all employees and managers.

 

Click here to download the Florida Chamber’s Staff Analysis.

 

 Proposal 51 Likely to Increase Electricity Rates

The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) next week will consider a proposal that could ultimately increase rates on electricity customers.

Proposal 51, introduced by CRC Commissioner Rich Newsome, will be heard by the CRC on December 14th at 8am in the General Provisions Committee. The amendment creates a new, undefined Constitutional “right to choose the provider of its electricity service” for every person, business, association, state agency, and political subdivision of the state. While Proposal 51 sounds like a simple concept, restructuring utility competition through a constitutional amendment will create significant implementation challenges and, based on other states’ experiences, will increase rates for electricity consumers.

Similar restructuring proposals in Texas, Michigan, and Montana created significant challenges, including higher energy rates for some customers.

What Other States Have Learned

The Florida Chamber of Commerce opposes constitutional proposals that can be accomplished through the legislative process. Our opposition is particularly appropriate in this case, because the intricacy of Florida’s electric utility regulations require a thorough, open, and deliberative process before significant, systemic changes are considered. Proposal 51 throws considerable constitutional uncertainty into essential electricity services that each and every Floridian depends upon.

The CRC meets once every 20 years to review the Florida Constitution and to recommend changes for voters to consider at the ballot box.

Proposal 51 has been first referred to the General Provisions Committee. The Florida Chamber urges commissioners on the CRC’s General Provisions Committee to vote against this proposal.

Urge the General Provision Committee to Vote No on Proposal 51

Please contact the commissioners and tell them to vote against Proposal 51 by clicking here.

Florida Chamber Presents Opposition to CRC Proposal, Argues it is a Solution in Search of a Problem

 

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On November 28, 2017, during a presentation before members of the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Judicial Committee, the Florida Chamber of Commerce said Proposal 23 is a solution in search of a problem. As outlined in a Florida Chamber Staff Analysis, Proposal 23 calls for creating a series of new and ambiguous rights, and creating a new cause of action for any person to sue – public or private – for violating these undefined rights. The excessive burdens it would create on businesses, as well as the additional legal liability it would place on job creators, are among the many flaws this proposal carries.

“While we disagree with the approach of the proposal, we appreciate the awareness being brought to the issue. The Florida Chamber believes that science must drive environmental public policy decisions, and that it is imperative we protect our natural environment for future generations. However, in addition to being an unnecessary addition to our state’s constitution, we remain concerned that this proposal’s ambiguity will hamper Florida’s future economic growth while unleashing a bevy of needless lawsuits.”

 

– Frank Walker

Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Florida Chamber of Commerce

 

 

 

According to the Florida Chamber, Proposal 23:

  • Can be addressed through Florida’s existing regulatory structure,
  • Will create ambiguity, spawning more lawsuits, clogging our courts and further tarnishing Florida’s already bottom five legal climate, and
  • Similar proposals have made other states less competitive.

The panel of Florida Chamber legislative advocates and partners presenting the opposition viewpoint on behalf of the Florida Chamber included:

  • Frank Walker, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Florida Chamber
  • Ryan Matthews, Former Interim Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Chamber legislative advocate and Attorney, Peebles, Smith & Matthews
  • David Childs, Florida Chamber legislative advocate and Attorney, Hopping Green & Sams
  • William Large, President, Florida Justice Reform Institute

The following resources regarding the Florida Chamber’s opposition are available:

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Florida Chamber Staff Analysis: Proposal 90 – Raising Florida Teacher Pay Toward the National Average

 

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Proposal 90 (Teacher Pay Increase) was introduced by Commissioner Patricia Levesque for consideration by the full Constitution Revision Commission. This proposal increases teacher pay by modernizing and improving the way that Florida calculates compliance with the class size mandate. Currently, Florida’s teachers are often paid well below the national average. At the same time, although evidence suggests great teachers matter more than any other criteria, the Florida Constitution creates a burden on school districts by dictating a maximum number of students for each class size per teacher regardless of subject area or expertise. This constitutional limit produces strain on the financial resources of each school district, many times without positively impacting outcomes for the students, and indirectly contributes to lower pay for good teachers.

 

Click here to download the Florida Chamber’s Staff Analysis.

 

Florida Chamber Staff Analysis: Proposal 23 Has Several Fatal Flaws

 

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Proposal 23 is one of the six public proposals that have been taken up by members of the Constitution Revision Commission. This proposal creates a series of new and ambiguous rights. The relevant portion of the proposal is as follows: “Every person has a right to a clean and healthful environment, including clean air and water, control of pollution, and the conservation and restoration of the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment as provided by law. Any person many enforce this right against any party, public or private, subject to reasonable limitations, as provided by law.”

 

Click here to download the Florida Chamber’s Staff Analysis.

 

Florida Chamber President Urges CRC to Vote Against Harmful Proposal

 

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On October 17, 2017, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission met in Tallahassee and took up several public proposals. Among them was a proposal that would create a new way to sue individuals and businesses based on esthetic environmental rights (Public Proposal 700540). This proposal would contribute to Florida’s negative reputation as a “judicial hellhole” and further plummet the state’s bottom-five legal climate ranking.

In a letter urging Commissioners to vote against this shortsighted proposal, Florida Chamber President Mark Wilson wrote:

“While there have been many successes over the past century of economic growth, it is important to recognize that there have been barriers and burdens to Florida’s sustainable future. One of those has been unwieldy and often-unnecessary additions to Florida’s Constitution. Another is Florida’s bottom five legal climate. The Florida Chamber of Commerce has consistently opposed measures that create excessive burdens on businesses or establish even more unneeded legal liability of Florida’s job creators.”

 

Take Action Now

The CRC is a unique opportunity for Floridians to make changes to the state constitution and make Florida an even better place to live. Learn more about the Florida Chamber’s engagement with this once-every-20-year constitutional review by visiting www.FloridaChamber.com/CRC or emailing cemmanuel@flchamber.com.

 

Got An Idea for Florida’s Constitution?

Submit Your Ideas for Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission No Later Than Friday

Friday is the deadline to submit citizen proposals to Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission.

Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Chairman Carlos Beruff and CRC Commissioner Belinda Keiser, while speaking at the Florida Chamber’s Future of Florida Forum last week in Orlando, encouraged Floridians to have their voices and concerns heard and to submit ideas and changes to Florida’s constitution. The deadline for submitting citizen proposals has been extended to this Friday, October 6.

This week in Tallahassee, members of the CRC began reviewing proposals from citizens, including measures relating to write-in candidates, infrastructure funding and restoration of voting rights for felons.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce continues to closely follow the CRC and encourage thoughts and ideas from the public for changes to Florida’s constitution.

Share Your Ideas on How to Move Florida Forward

The CRC is a unique opportunity for Floridians to make changes to the state constitution and make Florida an even better place to live. If you have a proposal you think would make Florida better, please contact me at (850) 521-1242 or cemmanuel@flchamber.com.

Belinda Keiser: Contribute Your Ideas to Florida’s Constitution

 

On this episode of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Keiser University’s Vice Chancellor Belinda Keiser explains the importance of participating in Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). Taking place once every 20 years, the CRC is an opportunity for “citizens of Florida to weigh-in” on Florida’s constitution.

 

Did You Know:

Established in 1968, Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission is the only one of its kind allowing regular changes to the state constitution.

Join the CRC Discussion Taking Place at the Future of Florida Forum:

Members of Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission, including CRC Chair Carlos Beruff, will participate in a panel discussion during the Florida Chamber’s Future of Florida Forum. Register to attend today.

CRC Public Proposal Deadline Extended:

Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission has extended the deadline to submit proposal to October 6. The deadline was extended to accommodate for Hurricane Irma. To submit your proposal, click here.

Hear from the CRC at the Future of Florida Forum

I hope that this finds you and your loved ones well after Hurricane Irma. Following a similar move by the Florida Legislature, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Chair Carlos Beruff canceled the first committee week of the CRC due to the impacts from Hurricane Irma.

With Irma now in the rearview mirror, the CRC will now convene next week, Sept. 25-29. Chair Beruff has indicated that the CRC would revisit the proposed public filing deadline for constitutional amendments and will continue to allow the public to submit proposals.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce stands ready to help you and your business recover from the Hurricane Irma. As our state returns to normal, we will continue to solicit thoughts and ideas for suggested changes to Florida’s constitution.

For more information on the CRC, its impact on Florida’s future and how to voice your ideas click here.

Hear from the CRC at the Future of Florida Forum

Members of the CRC, including Chair Beruff, will participate in a panel discussion as part of the Florida Chamber’s Future of Florida Forum. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear from those leading the once every 20 year process of reviewing Florida’s constitution. Register today!

Shape and Priorities of the CRC Come Into Focus

Right now, Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) is making decisions that could impact the lives of every Florida business and resident for years to come.

That’s because the CRC, which convenes once every 20 years, is reviewing proposed changes to Florida’s Constitution – many of which may go before voters on the 2018 general election ballot.

Already, the shape and priorities of the CRC are beginning to come into focus. Last week, the CRC Rules and Administration Committee met in Tallahassee and announced its Committee Meeting Schedule and a September 22 public proposal filing deadline.

Earlier this week, Governor Rick Scott announced he is pushing for a constitutional amendment that would require a supermajority vote of the legislature to raise any taxes or fees. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, who supports the proposal, was at the Governor’s side for the announcement.  A constitutional amendment proposal through the CRC may be an avenue Governor Scott seeks for this effort.

Want to Make a Difference?

The Florida Chamber of Commerce encourages pro-jobs, pro-business proposals for the CRC’s consideration. Contact me at CEmmanuel@flchamber.com to learn how you can help secure Florida’s future.

Constitution Revision Commission Holds Public Hearings

 

 

The 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) will hold statewide public hearings to gather input from citizens. The CRC has the power to review the Florida Constitution and place proposed amendments directly on the ballot for voter approval. Florida is the only state that allows its constitution to be revisited and changed through this regularly scheduled process. Public participation is vital to the Commission’s success. Watch the video above to from hear a brief message from Christopher Emmanuel, Director of Infrastructure & Governance Policy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce, about the importance of the CRC’s role.

Upcoming Public Hearings:

  • May 10, 2017
    Lee County
  • May 17, 2017
    Tampa
  • May 17, 2017 (Rules Working Group Meeting)
  • Tampa

Previous Public Hearings:

  • April 6, 2017
    Florida International University’s Student Academic Success Center
    Miami
  • April 7, 2017
    Florida Atlantic University’s FAU Stadium Acura Club
    Boca Raton
  • April 26, 2017 
    Gainesville (Alachua County)
  • April 27, 2017
    Jacksonville (Duval County)
  • May 3, 2017
    Bay County

 

Meet the CRC Comissioners

Meet the 37 members of the 2017-2018 CRC, learn more of the Florida Chamber’s ongoing coverage of the CRC, or contact Christopher Emmanuel to join the conversation about securing Florida’s future.

Chair Beruff Announces CRC Listening Tour

Constitution Revision Commission Confirmed Public Hearings

Additional public hearing tour dates will be announced as soon as possible.

 

Constitution Revision Commission Chair Carlos Beruff has announced the first four statewide meetings of the Commission. At all four of these stops, the public will have an opportunity to bring ideas, concerns, and comments directly to the CRC. The stops are as follows:

Orange County

Wednesday, March 29 from 5-8 p.m.
University of Central Florida (UCF)
FAIRWINDS Alumni Center
12676 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando, Fla. 32816
(Free parking will be available)

Miami-Dade County

Thursday, April 6 from 5-8 p.m.
Florida International University (FIU)
Frost Art Museum
10975 SW 17th St, Miami, FL 33199
(Free parking will be available)

Palm Beach County

Friday, April 7 from 9 a.m. – noon
Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
FAU Stadium Recruiting Room (located indoors)
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, Fla. 33431
(Free parking will be available)

NOTE: End times are tentative depending upon attendance and public interest in speaking before the Commission. Additional tour dates and locations will be noticed at a future time. 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 Meredith.Beatrice@flcrc.gov or (850) 717-9600.

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Constitution Revision Commission Appointees

The composition of the 37-member Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) is now set.

Governor Rick Scott, Senate President Joe Negron, House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court Jorge Labarga have each made their appointments. Attorney General Pam Bondi is an automatic member of the commission.

First introduced in 1968, the CRC meets every 20 years to review the Florida Constitution and has the power to place proposed amendments directly on the ballot for voter approval. Florida is the only state that allows for its state constitution to be revisited and changed through this regularly scheduled process.

To find more resources on Florida’s CRC, visit www.FloridaChamber.com/CRC.

Florida House Speaker Corcoran Names Constitution Revision Commission Appointees

Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran today appointed nine members to the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), a 37-member body that convenes every 20 years to review the Florida Constitution and has the power to place proposed amendments directly on the voting ballot. These nine appointees join others named by Governor Rick Scott, Senate President Joe Negron and Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court Jorge Labarga over the past several weeks. Attorney General Pam Bondi is an automatic member of the CRC and Gov. Scott’s pick for Chairman of the Commission is Carlos Beruff, a Bradenton real estate developer and 2016 Senate candidate.

Speaker Corcoran’s Appointees Are:

  • Rep. Jose Felix Diaz (R-Miami)
  • Erika Donalds, member of the Collier County School Board
  • Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon), former Senate President
  • Rich Newsome, Orlando attorney
  • Chris Nocco, Pasco County Sheriff
  • Speaker Pro Tempore Jeanette Nuñez (R-Miami)
  • Sen. Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg)
  • Rep. Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater)
  • John Stemberger, Orlando attorney

Gov. Scott’s Appointees Are:

  • Dr. Jose Armas, Miami physician
  • Lisa Carlton, former State Senator and Representative
  • Timothy Cerio, Tallahassee attorney and former General Counsel to Gov. Scott
  • Emery Gainey,  Director of Law Enforcement, Victim Services & Criminal Justice Programs with the Office of the Attorney General.
  • Brecht Heuchan, Founder and CEO of ContributionLink, LLC
  • Marva Johnson, Regional Vice President of State Government Affairs for Charter Communications
  • Darlene Jordan, Executive Director of the Gerald R. Jordan Foundation
  • Fred Karlinsky, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Insurance Regulatory and Transactions Practice Group
  • Belinda Keiser, Vice Chancellor of Keiser University; Member, Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Frank Kruppenbacher, Orlando attorney
  • Dr. Gary Lester, Vice President for Community Relations of The Villages
  • Jimmy Patronis, Commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission
  • Pam Stewart, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education
  • Nicole Washington, State Policy Consultant for the Lumina Foundation

 

 President Negron’s Appointees Are:

  •  Anna Marie Hernandez Gamez, Coral Gables attorney and past President of the Cuban American Bar Association
  • Don Gaetz, former Florida Senate President
  • Patricia Levesque, former Legislative Policy Director for Education and Deputy Chief of Staff for Gov. Jeb Bush
  • Sherry Plymale, former Chair of the State Board of Community Colleges and current Chief of Staff to Education Commissioner Frank Brogan
  • Bill Schifino Jr., Tampa attorney and current President of the Florida Bar
  • Chris Smith, Fort Lauderdale lawyer and former Democratic leader in the Florida House and Senate
  • Bob Solari, former citrus, real estate and financial planning businessman and current Vero Beach City Council member
  • Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, former middle and high school teacher and current City Commissioner and Mayor of Sewall’s Point
  • Carolyn Timmann, Martin County Comptroller and Clerk of Circuit Court and former Legislative Assistant to Rep. Tom Warner and Executive Deputy Chief of Staff to Govs. Bush and Charlie Crist

Chief Justice Labarga’s Appointees Are:

  • Hank Coxe, Jacksonville attorney and former President of the Florida Bar
  • Arthenia Joyner, Tampa attorney and former member of the Florida House and Florida Senate
  • Roberto Martinez, Coral Gables attorney and former U.S. Attorney

Get Involved

To learn more about the CRC, including biographical information about the individual appointees as they are announced, click here or contact cemmanuel@flchamber.com. Plan to attend the Florida Chamber’s 2017 Capitol Days from March 21-23 to hear an exclusive presentation from our CRC Panel.

Governor Rick Scott Names Constitution Revision Commission Appointees

On March 3, Gov. Rick Scott appointed 14 members to the upcoming Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), a 37-member body that convenes every 20 years to review the Florida Constitution and has the power to place proposed amendments directly on the ballot. Included in the Governor’s appointments was Belinda Keiser, Vice Chancellor of Keiser University and a long-serving member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  Keiser also serves as the Talent Supply and Education Pillar Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Council.

In addition to the 14 individuals appointed by the governor, Carlos Beruff, a Bradenton real estate developer and a 2016 U.S. Senate candidate, was named as the Chairman of the Commission, with broad powers over the rules and agenda for the Commission. Jeff Woodburn, as the Executive Director of Commission, will oversee the commission staff and handle day-to-day operations of the CRC.

Governor Scott’s Appointees Are:

  • Dr. Jose Armas, Miami physician
  • Lisa Carlton, former State Senator and Representative
  • Timothy Cerio, Tallahassee attorney and former General Counsel to Gov. Scott
  • Emery Gainey,  Director of Law Enforcement, Victim Services & Criminal Justice Programs with the Office of the Attorney General.
  • Brecht Heuchan, Founder and CEO of ContributionLink, LLC
  • Marva Johnson, Regional Vice President of State Government Affairs for Charter Communications
  • Darlene Jordan, Executive Director of the Gerald R. Jordan Foundation
  • Fred Karlinsky, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Insurance Regulatory and Transactions Practice Group
  • Belinda Keiser, Vice Chancellor of Keiser University; Member, Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Frank Kruppenbacher, Orlando attorney
  • Dr. Gary Lester, Vice President for Community Relations of The Villages
  • Jimmy Patronis, Commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission
  • Pam Stewart, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education
  • Nicole Washington, State Policy Consultant for the Lumina Foundation

Get Involved

To learn more about the CRC, including biographical information about the individual appointees as they are announced, click here or contact cemmanuel@flchamber.com. Plan to attend the Florida Chamber’s 2017 Capitol Days from March 21-23 to hear an exclusive presentation from our CRC Panel.