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More than 30 have applied to Supreme Court for constitutional rewrite panel

The list of applicants to Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga for a seat on the Constitution Revision Commission has now reached 32.

Supreme Court spokesman Craig Waters released an updated list this week.

Labarga is allotted three appointments to the commission. He is accepting applications through Dec. 31, and has said he’ll make the appointments with the advice of the other justices.

The newest list is below:

William Gary Beard

Thomas Burnett

Richard Caldwell

Dick Collins

Debbie Crockett

Debra Moss Curtis

Anne Gannon

Winston Gardner

Larry Gillis

Richard Grant

Jason Handin

Jason Johnson

Arthenia Joyner

George Knox

Jeffrey Kottkamp

Paul Lester

Joseph Little

Roberto Martinez

Joseph Matthews

Steven Maxwell

Gregory McAloon

Mark Moriarty

Judge Robert Morris

Barry Richard

Isaac Ruiz-Carus

Steven Specht

Chief Judge Elijah Smiley

Michelle Suarez

Alex Villalobos

Peter Webster

Tyler Winik

Mark Zientz

The Florida Constitution allows for a “revision commission” to meet every 20 years 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, Rick Scott will choose 15 of the 37 commissioners and select its chairperson. The House speaker and Senate president each get nine picks, and Republican Pam Bondi is automatically a member as attorney general.

The next commission is scheduled to meet 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.

Labarga’s application instructions are here.

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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

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