Constitutional commission panel recommends extending deadlines
State Capitol Building in Tallahassee, Florida

State Capitol Building in Tallahassee

The new deadline for the public to submit amendments for the state’s Constitution would be Oct. 6, under a recommendation OK’d Monday by the Constitution Revision Commission‘s (CRC) Committee on Rules.

The previous deadline to turn in proposals had been last Friday, but commissioners wanted to give more time after Hurricane Irma blew through the state the week before.

The rules committee also voted to recommend to the full commission that commissioners’ deadline to submit their own proposals to staff for drafting be extended to Oct. 17, with a final filing deadline of Oct. 31.

Moreover, any changes to proposals under consideration have to be turned in no later than 24 hours before the start of a CRC committee meeting at which it will be considered.

The extensions now must be approved by the whole commission. It is scheduled to meet next Monday at the Capitol.

The commission is convened every 20 years to review and suggest changes to the state’s governing document. Any amendment approved by the panel still must get 60 percent approval on the 2018 statewide ballot to be added to the state constitution.

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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