My News 13 by Jeff Allen
June 6, 2017
A special state commission that could put proposed changes to Florida laws on the 2018 ballot met Tuesday in Orlando. Commissioners approved amended rules on how they will function after they were criticized by advocacy groups across the state.
- Florida Constitution Revision Commission approved new rules
- Rules will ensure more transparency, commissioners say
- Commission will determine amendments for 2018 ballot
When the Florida Constitution Revision Commission last met 20 years ago, it recommended changes to the state’s death penalty law, the formation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the requirement that people must get a criminal background check to buy a gun at a gun show. Voters passed all of those measures when they reached the ballot.
But before this year’s commission could look at which laws to change, it came under fire for how it was going to operate. Several advocacy groups across the state, including the League of Women Voters, accused the commission of trying to set rules they feared would create a lack of transparency.
“Our concern was that all meetings would be by the Sunshine Agreement and be open,” said Michele Levy, past president of League of Women Voters in Orange County.
On Tuesday, commissioners debated each other on which rules they should follow, even who would enforce those rules. Eventually, a majority of commissioners voted to adopt amended rules, rules similar to those the commission used 20 years ago.
“And so this is really good,” said Levy. “You can’t have two people at a meeting without the public knowing, and I just think the fact that at least we’re going to have rules that are more open.” [READ MORE]