CRC Chairman Wants Full Panel To Set Rules

May 30, 2017

Constitution Revision Commission Chairman Carlos Beruff is ordering the prestigious, 37-member panel back to the drawing board to settle a dispute over ground rules. A marathon working group meeting in Tampa ended without a full review of draft procedures.

The Constitution Revision Commission meets every two decades to update Florida's founding legal document and has the power to put measures directly on the November ballot.
Credit Constitution Revision Commission

Commissioner Tom Lee, a former Senate President, complained the proposed rules would give the chairman too much power and invite back room deal making.

“If we don’t have credibility, if we don’t have a process and rules that create the kind of transparency and input…then we will lack credibility as we present issues to the public," he said.

A handful of advocacy groups, including the League of Women Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union, are also calling for a more open process.

Governor Rick Scott and legislative leaders appoint the bulk of the commission, which meets every 20 years to put proposed constitutional amendments directly on the November ballot.