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Rick Scott seeks applicants for Constitution Revision Commission

Calling all constitutional aficionados: Your service is requested.

Gov. Rick Scott Thursday opened the application process for the 2017-18 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, which meets once every 20 years.

“Appointees will learn firsthand what issues and potential changes are most important to our families in order to best make these impactful decisions,” Scott said in a statement.

As governor, Scott will choose 15 of the 37 commissioners and selects its chairperson.

That means he will indirectly influence the retooling of the state’s chief governing document for an entire generation.

The Florida Constitution allows for a “revision commission” to meet every two decades to “examine the constitution, hold public hearings and … file its proposal, if any, of a revision of this constitution or any part of it.”

Past members include then-state Sen. C.W. “Bill” Young of Pinellas County, Tallahassee legal legend Dexter Douglass, and current northeast Florida Congressman Ander Crenshaw.

The panel last met in 1997-98, when the GOP was still ascending to statewide power.

That revision commission, for example, came up with the idea of collapsing the membership of the state Cabinet to its present three: The agriculture commissioner, attorney general, and chief financial officer. Former elected positions that were Cabinet members, such as the Commissioner of Education and Secretary of State, now are appointed by the governor and not Cabinet-level.

In addition to Scott, the House speaker and Senate president each get nine picks.

Assuming they win re-election in November, GOP state Rep. Richard Corcoran of Land O’ Lakes will be speaker in 2017 and state Sen. Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican, will be president.

Republican Pam Bondi is automatically a member as attorney general, and Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga gets three picks.

Under law, the next commission is scheduled to meet 30 days before the beginning of the Legislature’s 2017 regular session.

Any changes it proposes would be in the form of constitutional amendments, which would have to be approved by 60 percent of voters on a statewide ballot.

To view Scott’s appointment application, click here. His “appointments will be made no later than March 6, 2017,” according to the press release.

Jim Rosica covers state government from Tallahassee for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

1 Comment

  1. Dear Candidates,
    My life was deeply affected by a physician’s decision to end my mother’s life prematurely last September in a hospice setting; since then I have been getting
    involved with online anti-physicians assisted suicide (PAS) groups and spar with lawyers, jurists, doctors, and others on the subject at length.
    Let me give you and your constituents a heads up (if you all don’t already know about it) that in the State of Colorado elements of “Compassion and
    Caring, Inc.” have managed to get about 100,000 signatures to put PAS on their fall ballot: that of course means “Physician-Assisted Suicide”!
    NOT the way for our Greatest Generation to go, in my opinion… also the stance of a lot of civil rights, faith-based, veterans, disabled, senior citizen’s
    groups, and others.
    This idea of letting doctors put down some very hurting or very “out-of-it” human beings of all ages is an outrage (it’s legal in Belgium down to age 6!).
    The thing is, PAS laws exist in five states; CA is the biggest and if the voters of the Rocky Mountain State are tricked then CO will be the next. PAS is not an honest and straightfor-
    ward peaceful “treatment option” for terminal patients; from 1996, Oregon’s law has been rife with secrecy, mismanagement, and fear (it was the first PAS
    state), but all the other proposed PAS legislation is based on their model. Please tell your constituents (or future constituents) that these nuts from Compassion
    and Caring used to be called “The Hemlock Society” (after the death herb of Socrates) and they are very persuasive; they’ve defended their terrible
    plans in the Florida judicial system years ago but were rebuffed but they’ll be back if they do well in legislatures out west and up north.

    Harry Scott Boggs
    Occupy R.I.P.

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