Tell CRC: No to E-Verify in State Constitution
The Florida Constitution Revision Commission is slated to conduct a final vote on Proposal 6010 (formerly Proposal 29) this week, requiring Florida to adopt legislation regarding employment eligibility verification, better known as E-Verify. This proposal is bad for Florida business as it:
- Does not belong in the Florida Constitution. Every state that has adopted E-Verify has done so through legislation, not a constitutional mandate. The constitutional amendment process should not be used as a get-around of the Legislature.
- Violates federal immigration law. The federal government is granted the authority to handle immigration law, not the states. Imposing penalties upon a business through this proposal is a violation of the federal immigration law.
- Would place significant costs on business for little gain. E-Verify is far from perfect and consistently flags lawful employees. The compliance costs, and penalties associated with it, should not be based on this flawed system.
Take Action Now
Contact the CRC and let them know that you oppose Proposal 6010 by calling the CRC at 850-717-9550 or emailing CRC commissioners directly. Their emails can be found here, along with talking points and additional information.
Do You Know Who Created the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission?
Did you know the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), which meets once every 20 years to review Florida’s Constitution, helped create the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in 1998?
Eight of the nine finalized ballot proposals by the 1998 CRC were successfully adopted by the public. They include:
- The creation of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which passed with 72 percent of the popular vote.
- Adjustments to the education system, which passed with 71 percent of the vote.
- The restructuring the State Cabinet, which eliminated the elected Cabinet positions of the Secretary of State and Secretary of Education, and merged the offices of Treasurer and Comptroller into the Chief Financial Officer. That measure passed with 56 percent.
- Increased ballot access, which (among other things) gave third party candidates easier access to the ballot, passed with 64 percent.
- The creation of a local option for criminal history records check and waiting period for the purchase of firearms, which passed with 72 percent.
These initiatives make an impact in our state to this day. And while eight out of the nine proposals passed, three of these would have failed today due to the 60 percent vote threshold needed to pass constitutional amendments. The CRC holds incredible power over Florida’s Constitution. Their decisions on topics ranging from gambling to education to redistricting to the courts, could impact Florida’s families and businesses for the next 20 years.
Not all those seeking to influence the process agree with our vision of Florida’s future. There is no doubt that plaintiff lawyers, extreme environmentalists, union officials, and out-of-state billionaires will seek to use this process to accomplish what they cannot do through the legislative process. Much work has been done by the Florida Chamber of Commerce to advocate for free market solutions and opportunity for all. Make no mistake – those accomplishments are in jeopardy any time the Florida Constitution is changed.
More than in any other political process in Florida, it is vital for the citizens to be informed, engaged, and skeptical. I encourage you to contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org and get involved today.
To learn more about how the CRC works, who is appointed and the importance it can make to our state’s future, click here.
Trial Lawyers Want Drugs in Florida
Over the years, the Florida Chamber has championed several reforms to Florida’s constitutional initiative process. One such reform, approved by 78 percent of Florida voters, requires an independent financial analysis of each amendment on the ballot so that voters will know the types of impacts proposed amendments will have. By the way, we predicted special interests would one day try to put drugs in Florida’s Constitution. You can see that 2006 TV commercial here:
DYK the Florida Constitution Has Been Amended 102 Times in Almost 50 Years?
Privacy, taxes, education, guns and gambling – how do these issues impact you? While the upcoming general election is currently on most voters’ minds, another milestone for Florida voters is about to get underway with Florida’s constitutional review. While the U.S. constitution has been amended just 17 times since the Bill of Rights was ratified, Florida’s constitution has been amended 102 times since 1968.
Florida’s leadership is in the process of assembling the Constitution Revision Commission, which will convene in 2017 and propose amendments for vote in the 2018 midterm election. With the next review process anticipated to be completed in 2038, what future issues do you think will affect your business and personal life?
Share Your Story:
What issues would you like to see on the 2018 ballot? Send your ideas or concerns to Hannah Kaplan at hkaplan@FloridaChamber.com.
To add your voice to the conversation on Florida’s constitution and other local, state and federal issues, join the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Civic & Governance Systems Caucus today.