Florida Constitution

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A coalition of former state legislators and other elected officials is urging Floridians to vote ‘no’ on proposed Amendments to the state constitution. They are calling for significant reforms to the Revision Commission’s process, and even entertaining the idea of its abolition.

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The Constitution Revision Commission will hold a public hearing in the state capital.

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The Constitution Revision Commission has scheduled a series of public meetings throughout the state. Voter input will shape any amendments the group proposes.

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State lawmakers want to make it harder for Floridians to amend the constitution. The plan would up the percentage of voter approval needed to pass a measure from 60 percent to more than 66 percent.

A new proposal would allow the state to keep laws the state Supreme Court rules are unconstitutional.


Every 20 years, 37 Floridians from all walks of life have a chance to make history. That chance is coming up within a few months and there are still some openings on the panel.

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According to a new University of South Florida poll, just 22% of Floridians feel they’re well informed about the constitutional amendments on the ballot this November.

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Former commissioners and lawmakers are offering advice for the upcoming Constitutional Review Commission. The LeRoy Collins Institute hosted a conference Wednesday in preparation for the review. Former Commissioner Martha Barnett says the review is a powerful opportunity.

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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.

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70 years ago this week President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ended sixty years of codified racial oppression when he signed a bill repealing the Chinese Exclusion Act. Now, Asian-Americans in Florida are asking state lawmakers to do the same by nixing a constitutional provision banning Asians from owning property in the Sunshine State.

Gay Rights Group Launches New Campaign

Jun 19, 2013

Florida advocacy group Equality Florida is launching a new campaign to legalize same-sex marriage. Group members say the first step is to get more members of the public on board.

The “Get Engaged” campaign will use a combination of merchandising, social media and outreach to create a public push to get Florida’s ban on same-sex unions removed from the state constitution. 

Voters in Florida rejected most of the constitutional amendments on their ballots Tuesday. The historically long ballot was part of the blame for the long lines at polling places. However, eight of the 11 proposals didn’t meet the 60 percent votes needed to pass.

This November voters will have more to decide than just who will be the next President of the United States. They’ll also have to choose whether or not to add up to 11 different amendments to Florida’s Constitution.  And this is what we’re hearing about those amendments so far:

This November, Florida voters will have to decide more than just who they want to be the next President of the United States. They’ll also have to choose whether to add up to 12 different amendments to Florida’s Constitution. The proposals cover everything from how education dollars are spent, to who gets additional property tax exemptions. And the first thing voters will be asked to decide is, how far should government go when deciding healthcare issues?

Florida voters will have to decide the fate of nearly a dozen state constitutional amendments in the upcoming election. One organization has set up an on-line resource to give voters all sides on each of those amendments.