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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

CRC Office — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 30, 2017

CONTACT: Meredith Beatrice, (850) 508-5204


ICYMI - CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff LTE in the Tampa Bay Times: “Commission Listens to Citizens”

Letter to the Editor: Commission Listens to Citizens

Re Tampa Bay Times Editorial, “Key Panel Devolves into Farce”

By Carlos Beruff, Chairman, 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission

October 30, 2017

“This Times editorial misrepresents how the Constitution Revision Commission is actively incorporating ideas and proposed constitutional amendments submitted by Floridians. Direct sponsorship of a public proposal is only one of several ways public input is incorporated in the CRC process. To assert that only six public proposal submissions were advanced by the CRC is an intellectually dishonest statement.

“… As we reviewed these public proposals, comments and ideas, it became clear that hundreds of citizens were proposing similar changes to the Florida Constitution.

“For example, nearly 600 public proposals submitted to the CRC were related to the issue of E-Verify. In response, one CRC commissioner recently filed a proposal on the same topic so it can be more thoroughly vetted and considered in the committee process.

“At CRC public hearings held across the state, many Floridians came before the CRC to present their ideas to commissioners. Two of the most popular topics were the restoration of felon rights and repeal of the alien land law. Both issues have been picked up by commissioners who have created proposals reflecting those ideas in the appropriate legal language. …”

Read the entire Letter to the Editor by CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff at http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/letters/Tuesday-s-letters-Commission-listens-to-Floridians_162070677

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ABOUT THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION (CRC)

Once every 20 years, Florida's Constitution provides for the creation of a 37-member revision commission for the purpose of reviewing Florida's Constitution and proposing changes for voter consideration. The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) meets for approximately one year, traveling the State of Florida, identifying issues, performing research and possibly recommending changes to the Constitution. Any amendments proposed by the CRC would be placed on the 2018 General Election ballot. For additional information, visit flcrc.gov. Follow the CRC on social media @FloridaCRC (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube).