Florida Chamber Staff Analysis: Proposal 29
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.
Florida Chamber Staff Analysis: Proposal 90 – Raising Florida Teacher Pay Toward the National Average
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.
Florida Chamber Staff Analysis: Proposal 23 Has Several Fatal Flaws
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.”