Senate President Bill Galvano lent support Friday to a measure that would limit ballot proposals by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission to single subjects.
The commission drew controversy last year when it put a series of “bundled” proposals before voters. As an example, one of the proposals, Amendment 9, combined a ban on vaping in workplaces with a ban on offshore oil drilling.
A proposal (SJR 74) that would limit future commission ballot proposals to single subjects has already cleared two Senate committees leading up to the 2019 Legislative Session.
“I think the single subject is certainly something that would improve the situation,” Galvano, a Bradenton Republican, said Friday.
A separate measure (SJR 362) slated to go before the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee on Tuesday seeks to ask voters to eliminate the Constitution Revision Commission, a panel that meets every 20 years and has unique power to place proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot.
Galvano said he thinks there is a role for the commission, which in its 2017-2018 incarnation was mostly appointed by former Gov. Rick Scott and Republican legislative leaders.
“When I think of a constitutional commission, I would have hoped they would have worked on things like redistricting, and how we operate as a chamber, one to another,” Galvano said. “Instead, so many things (issues) were thrown out, from vaping to gaming.”
The proposal to eliminate the commission has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The House Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday voted 14-0 to back a single-subject measure (HJR 53) and 13-1 on a measure (HJR 249) aimed at eliminating the Constitution Revision Commission.