Nearly 90 now have applied to Rick Scott for constitution review panel


Almost 90 people now have applied to Gov. Rick Scott for a seat on the panel that reviews the state’s constitution every 20 years.

According to a list the governor’s office released Monday morning, a few of the newest names interested in being on the Constitution Revision Commission are:

Bob McClure, president and CEO of the James Madison Institute, a conservative policy think tank based in Tallahassee.

Tena Pate, former chair of the Florida Commission on Offender Review, previously known as the Florida Parole Commission. Pate ran unsuccessfully for the nonpartisan Leon County supervisor of elections seat this year.

Belvin Perry, former chief judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit. He presided over the Casey Anthony trial in 2011. Perry now is an attorney with the Morgan & Morgan law firm.

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.”

As governor, Scott will choose 15 of the 37 commissioners, and he also selects its chairperson. That means the Naples Republican will indirectly influence the retooling of the state’s chief governing document for an entire generation.

In addition to Scott, the House speaker and Senate president each get nine picks. 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. He has already begun taking applications.

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.

Scott’s application is here. His “appointments will be made no later than March 6, 2017,” according to his office.

The full alphabetical list of applicants as released by the governor’s office is below:

  1. Andrade, Robert
  2. Avalon, Victoria
  3. Baade, David
  4. Barbee, Donald
  5. Belgard, Tildon
  6. Beltran, Michael
  7. Boggs, II, H.
  8. Boroughs, Paul
  9. Bronon, Charles
  10. Brown, Donald
  11. Browning, Kurt
  12. Brummer, Frederick
  13. Carlock, Margaret
  14. Clayton, Robert
  15. Crotty, Richard
  16. Cullen, Lisa
  17. Curtis III, Donald
  18. Dantzler, Rick
  19. Dawson, Warren
  20. Dillinger, Robert
  21. Duggan, Wyman
  22. Eslinger, Donald
  23. Feldman, Gregory
  24. Folmar, Hayley
  25. Foster, Brett
  26. Furst, Jr, William
  27. Gaetz, Matt
  28. Gillis, Laurence
  29. Goiran, Barbara
  30. Goldstein, Stuart
  31. Gosney, Steven
  32. Handin, Jason
  33. Harding, Nicholas
  34. Haynie, Susan
  35. Henderson II, Charles
  36. Heyman, Sally
  37. Jazil, Mohammad
  38. Jones, Michael
  39. Keiser, Belinda
  40. Kinch, Abby
  41. Kruppenbacher, Frank
  42. Little, Joseph
  43. Maier, Christopher
  44. Marsh, James
  45. Marstiller, Simone
  46. Mason III, Scott
  47. Matthews, Joseph
  48. Maymon, David
  49. McCabe, Bernie
  50. McClure, Bob
  51. Mellen III, Robert
  52. Miller, Park
  53. Millert, Wayne
  54. Monahan, Jr., Gerald
  55. Moore, Edwin
  56. Moriarty, Mark
  57. Nanian, Marjorie
  58. Nunn, Kenneth
  59. Pate, Tena
  60. Patterson Jr, Ralph “Pat”
  61. Perry, Belvin
  62. Primrose, Nicholas
  63. Puig, Diego
  64. Rainka, Michael
  65. Ramswell, Prebble
  66. Roberson, Kelly
  67. Robinson, IV, Grover
  68. Rosenblatt, Howard
  69. Runcie, Robert
  70. Schifino, William
  71. Simovitch, Audra
  72. Smiley, Judge Elijah
  73. Smith, Daniel
  74. Stelzl, Henry
  75. Svechin, Larisa
  76. Thomas, Mary
  77. Tuck, Andy
  78. Upthagrove, Brett
  79. VanValkenburgh, Jessica
  80. Walsh, Anthony
  81. Widerman, Scott
  82. Wigder, Marc
  83. Zilaitis, Frank
  84. Zoes, Caroline

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor 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 [email protected]


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