RE: Don’t Be Stingy with Public Ideas | Daytona Beach News Journal editorial
Commission is listening – Carlos Beruff letter to the editor November 1, 2017, Daytona Beach News Journal
The Oct. 26 News-Journal editorial, “Don’t be stingy with public ideas,” correctly mentions that commissioners serving on the Constitution Revision Commission said they would try to incorporate some of the public’s ideas into their own proposals. The good news is that several proposals already filed by commissioners represent hundreds of ideas submitted by the public.
As we began the process of reviewing thousands of public ideas and proposal submissions, it became clear that hundreds of Floridians were proposing similar changes to the Florida Constitution. Part of our job as commissioners is to identify these similar ideas and then file proposals in the appropriate legal language.
For example, at CRC public hearings held across the state, many Floridians spoke regarding restoration of rights for felons. In response, several commissioners have filed proposals on this issue. Another example includes the issue of e-verify. The CRC received nearly 600 proposals on the subject of e-verify and one CRC commissioner has filed a proposal so it can be further vetted at the committee level.
This is a public-driven process and we look forward to further reviewing ideas submitted by Floridians as we hold committee meetings through the end of the year. You can view proposals filed by Commissioners on our website at flcrc.gov/Proposals/Commissioner. [READ MORE]
Beruff is chairman of the 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission.