CRC UPDATE: CRC ANNOUNCES SOUTHWEST FLORIDA PUBLIC HEARING IN CAPE CORAL ON MARCH 5TH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Meredith Beatrice

www.flcrc.gov

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) invites all interested Floridians to participate in a public hearing being held Monday, March 5th at The Westin Resort from 1:00-7:00 PM. This will be the fifth public hearing held on the CRC’s 2018 “Road to the Ballot” public hearing tour.

The goal of public hearings is to give Floridians an opportunity to provide feedback on the 37 proposals under active consideration by the CRC. Public hearings are free events open to all Floridians who would like to attend. No tickets or RSVPs are required. Free public parking will be provided. [READ FOR MORE INFORMATION]

OPINION: Brevard County can weigh in on Florida Constitution

By Kathryn Rudloff

Florida Today

The final rounds of the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) hearings will be held within the next week, with the next public hearing happening Monday, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Melbourne campus of Eastern Florida State College. These hearings present a great opportunity for all Florida citizens to have their voice heard on issues that affect them directly. Currently, Florida is the only state in the U.S. to host this unique process that helps to define and build the structure of the state’s government. Florida residents should become familiar with the CRC and are encouraged to speak up in regards to the proposed amendments at these public hearings. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

CRC UPDATE: CRC ANNOUNCES PUBLIC HEARING PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Meredith Beatrice

www.flcrc.gov

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) today announced the following Participation Guidelines for upcoming public hearings. The goal of the new participation guidelines is to help ensure that all Floridians wishing to speak before the CRC have an opportunity to be heard and to help facilitate reasonable waiting times.

[READ FOR MORE INFORMATION.]

ARTICLE: Commission considering expanding rights of crime victims

By Max Marbut

Financial News & Daily Record

Of the amendments proposed by the public and commissioners, one proposal in particular aims to expand the rights of crime victims. These rights would work similarly to the protection of criminal defendants and juvenile delinquents already in place. The proposed amendment intends to add protection for the victims during the consideration of pretrial release conditions, such as setting bail. It also aims to add the right to privacy, which includes refusing an interview or other discovery requests. This proposal will be up for further review, requiring approval by 22 of the 37 commission members before appearing on the election ballot in November. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

ARTICLE: Hundreds Speak Out At Constitution Revision Commission In Broward

By Peter Haden

WLRN

The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) kicked off its 2018 tour in Broward County Tuesday. Hundreds of Floridians attended the first of five public hearings that will be held across the state before the Commission finalizes its decision on which proposals to include on the November ballot. The CRC has narrowed the number of amendment proposals down to 37, on issues ranging from religious freedom to victim rights. Among the issues speakers discussed were abortion restrictions, state school funding, and offshore drilling. In addition to these concerns, citizens also voiced their desire for straightforward language in proposals to ensure the public knows what the vote is for. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

SEE ALSO:

ARTICLE: FLORIDA’S CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION STARTS 2018 TOUR IN BROWARD | WMFE | February 7th, 2018

ARTICLE: 700 Floridians Attend CRC Public Hearing in Fort Lauderdale

Capitol Soup

A crowd of 700 Floridians attended a public hearing held by the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) on Tuesday, February 6, at Nova Southeastern University’s Rick Case Arena as part of the, “Road to the Ballot” public hearing tour. At the public hearing, more than 330 individual Floridians requested to speak. The public hearing lasted nearly 8 hours, extending past the noticed end time of 7:00 PM. All Floridians who attended the public hearing and wanted to speak were given an opportunity to be heard by the CRC. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

ARTICLE: Voters statewide could bring changes to other counties’ governments

By Mary Ellen Klas

Tampa Bay Times

Only a few months and a vote by the full Constitution Revision Commission stand between 37 proposed amendments and the November general election ballot. Still on the table are proposals that would ban greyhound racing in Florida, require civics to be taught in school, and eliminate the Certificate of Need requirements to get a license to operate hospitals and other health care facilities. One proposal would affect only eight counties: Brevard, Broward, Clay, Duval, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, and Volusia. Under Proposal 13, charter counties would be banned from eliminating any elected positions. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

OPINION: Florida’s diversity is key to successful constitution revision process

By Vivian Cortes Hodz

The Floridian

The Constitution Revision Commission is a once-every-20-year process in which 37 members come together to conduct a thorough review of the Florida Constitution. Since the last commission convened 20 years ago, Florida’s population has increased by over 5.4 million people. Of those new Floridians, 1.5 million have come here in just the past five years. In light of this tremendous growth, it is crucial to educate Floridians — both old and new — on the role of the Florida Constitution, and the vital need to safeguard it. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

CRC UPDATE: CRC PUBLIC HEARING IN FORT LAUDERDALE AT NSU RICK CASE ARENA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Meredith Beatrice

www.flcrc.gov

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) invites all interested Floridians to participate in a public hearing being held today at Nova Southeastern University’s Rick Case Arena from 1:00-7:00 PM. This will be the first public hearing held on the CRC’s 2018 “Road to the Ballot” public hearing tour.

The goal of public hearings is to give Floridians an opportunity to provide feedback on the 37 proposals under active consideration by the CRC. Public hearings are free events open to all Floridians who would like to attend. No tickets or RSVPs are required. Free public parking will be provided. [READ FOR MORE INFORMATION.]

ARTICLE: Constitution panel ready to take issues across state

By Lloyd Dunkelberger

News4Jax

After considering more than 100 proposals in committees, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission is ready to move into its next phase, starting with a public hearing Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale. The scheduled six-hour hearing, which starts at 1 p.m. at Nova Southeastern University, is the first of five public hearings that will also take place across the state in Melbourne, Jacksonville, Pensacola, and St. Petersburg. After the final public hearing, scheduled for March 13th at the University of South Florida-St.Petersburg, the commission will begin setting a calendar for floor sessions that will start sometime in March. [READ THE FULL STORY HERE.]

SEE ALSO:

 ARTICLE: CONSTITUTION PANEL READY TO TAKE ISSUES ACROSS STATE | The News Service of Florida | February 5th, 2018