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LeRoy Collins Institute Gears Up For Florida Constitutional Review

Kate Payne

A coalition led by the LeRoy Collins Institute is gearing up for the Florida Constitutional Review Commission. The group is launching a campaign to engage the public in the review process.

A constitutional review happens once every 20 years in Florida, and is led by a 37 member commission appointed by the governor and legislature. Members will hold public meetings across the state before recommending changes to the constitution. The review is over a year away, but LeRoy Collins Institute Director Carol Weissert says it’s not too early to engage the public.

“Political folks will know about this and they’re already on board, but we’re really after the undergraduates at FSU and the moms and dads who are picking up their kids from school and not really thinking about politics. So we’re after those people to get them to think about the constitution,” she said.

Weissert says the review could be a path for amendments that haven’t been adopted through other processes. Unlike other constitutional initiatives, commission proposals don’t need Supreme Court review, and will go directly on the 2018 ballot.