Constitution Revision Commission

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Once every twenty years, Florida’s Constitution provides for the creation of a thirty-seven member revision commission for the purpose of reviewing Florida’s Constitution and proposing changes for voter consideration. The Commission is composed of the Attorney General, fifteen appointees from the Governor, nine appointees from the Florida Senate President, nine appointees from the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and three appointees from the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Once the members are appointed, they meet at the call of the Chair to begin their work.

The Commission 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 Commission would be placed on the 2018 General Election ballot. Any amendments placed on the ballot by the Commission would have to secure 60 percent approval by voters to be added to the Constitution.

The last comprehensive review of Florida’s Constitution occurred in 1997-1998.

Visit the Florida Constitution Review Commission’s website.

CRC in the News

11/29/2017: POLITICO Florida – Too Many Amendments for Voters

11/1/2017: Florida Politics by Jim Rosica – Open government watchdog barks at privacy measure

10/27/2017: Florida Politics by Jim Rosica – Proposal would assure governor’s power to name justices

10/27/2017: Florida Times-Union by Tia Mitchell – Voting-rights effort finds a new venue in constitution commission

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CRC Editorials & Op-Eds

11/30/2017: Tampa Bay Times by John Romano – Excuse me, commissioner, who’s in charge of today’s scam?

11/2/2017: TC Palm Editorial – ‘Privacy’ amendment to Florida Constitution is bad idea

11/1/2017: Brevard County Clerk of the Court Scott Ellis Sends CRC Letter Echoing FAF’s Sentiments on “Privacy” Proposal

11/1/2017: Daytona Beach News Journal, CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff’s letter to the editor: Commission is Listening

11/1/2017: Orlando Sentinel, CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff’s letter to the editor: Constitution panel explains the process

10/31/2017: Sarasota Herald-Tribune Editorial – Panel should leave privacy right as is

10/30/2017: Tampa Bay Times, CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff’s letter to the editor: Commission Listens to Citizens

10/28/2017: Ocala Star Banner Editorial – CRC gives public ideas short shrift

10/27/2017: Tampa Bay Times Editorial – Constitution commission devolves into farce

10/27/2017: Orlando Sentinel Editorial – Constitution Panel Shortchanged Public on Amendment Ideas

10/27/2017: Miami Herald Op-Ed by Howard L. Simon – Constitution Revision Commission is ready to eliminate our right to privacy

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