Constitutional review panel’s “Process” has its own lobbyists

CRC first day debate photo 3-19-2018

From A. Duda & Sons, Inc., to Zurich American Insurance Co., 44 pages’ worth of concerns now have registered to lobby the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC).

The 37-member panel, which began meeting in Session Monday, convenes every 20 years to review and suggest changes to the state’s governing document.

The list of “principals and of lobbyists (259 pages) represents nearly interest and industry in the state, such as education, health care, technology, alcoholic beverages, local governments, and gaming, to name a few.

The commission will begin considering 36 individual proposals to amend the constitution, including ‘bills of rights’ for nursing home residents and crime victims, raising the retirement age of judges, and clarifying the duties of the lieutenant governor.

Proposals OK’d off the floor will go to the panel’s Style and Drafting Committee, which will mold the ideas and combine them into language to go onto the November statewide ballot. Then they will subject to a final vote.

Proposals that make onto the ballot must receive at least 60 percent approval to be added to the constitution.

Commissioners criss-crossed the state in the last year, holding public meetings to discuss ideas, including a final meeting in St. Petersburg that attracted about 1,200 people.

As of now, the commission is expected to meet through May 4; it must file a report with Secretary of State Ken Detzner by May 10.

On Monday, three commissioners were excused from attending the opening day, accoridng to CRC spokeswoman Meredith Beatrice: Attorney General Pam Bondi, Darlene Jordan, and Tom Grady.

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]


One comment

  • Concerned Citizen

    March 19, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Do the commissioners take into consideration any of the testimony during the hearings? I went to the hearing in St. Petersburg. Only about half of the commissioners where there. Of those that were, 25% were out of their seats at any given time, and a large percentage of those present seemed engaged with their smartphone or tablet. Are the commissioners required to listen to the testimony at some point during the process whether they are present or not?

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