What is the Constitution Revision Commission and why does it exist?
Is it another effective means of holding government directly accountable
to the people or is it a non-representative body making recommendations
which are not necessarily the will of "the people"?
The Commission is comprised of appointed individuals. The Florida
Constitution outlines the appointment of such individuals in Article
XI, Section 2. The thirty-seven members of the Constitution Revision
Commission will include
(1) the attorney general of the state;
(2) fifteen members selected by the governor;
(3) nine members selected by the speaker of the house of representatives and nine members selected by the president of the senate, and
(4) three members selected by the chief justice of the supreme
court of Florida with the advice of the justices.
Public hearings will be held and recommendations filed for revisions
to the Florida Constitution not later than 180 days before the
next general election. If the Commission recommends revisions,
the proposed constitutional amendments will be placed on the ballot
for voters to ultimately decide.
In the 1978 elections, the voters rejected ALL eight proposed
constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the Constitution
Revision Commission. However, time has shown that many of the
Commission's recommendations eventually found their way into our
constitution and statutes.
Potential Issues of the 1997/98 Commission
Several issues which may receive the attention of the 1997-98
Florida Constitution Revision Commission include:
Reflecting the characteristics of a direct democracy, citizen
initiatives provide an opportunity for Florida citizens to directly
influence government by proposing constitutional amendments.
Is this in conflict with our representative democracy or is it
a necessary way to provide checks and balances within the system?
What citizen initiatives have Florida voters passed? Here's a
look at a few recent initiatives:
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