8 STATE OF FLORIDA
9 CONSTITUTION REVISION COMMISSION
10 Meeting of July 21, 1997
11 The Senate Chamber
12 The Capitol
13 Tallahassee, Florida
14 10:00 a.m.
20 Reported by:
21 CLARA C. ROTRUCK
22 Court Reporter
1 P R O C E E D I N G S
2 THE CHAIRMAN: The Commission will please come to
4 I would like to call on Dr. R. B. Holmes, Jr.,
5 from the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in
6 Tallahassee, who is a well-known person in our
7 community here and works very strongly to obtain a lot
8 of things for our people, and Reverend Holmes, we're
9 honored to have you give the invocation. If you would
10 come up here to the podium? Thank you, sir.
11 REVEREND HOLMES: Shall we pray?
12 Our God and our Father, we do pause to thank thee
13 for this day and allowing us to come here. We do pray
14 for divine power, insight and wisdom as these great
15 community leaders who come to revisit, revise and
16 strengthen this great, great Constitution. Heavenly
17 Father, give them the strength, give them the input
18 and give them the guidance to do a great and marvelous
19 job for generations to come. In the strong name of
20 our Savior we pray, amen.
21 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Morsani is going to
22 lead us this morning in the Pledge of Allegiance to
23 the flag.
24 Mr. Morsani? Everybody please rise.
25 (Pledge of Allegiance)
1 THE CHAIRMAN: This morning we're going to call
2 the roll, and I'd like to ask the secretary to do
3 that, please.
4 MS. BLANTON: Alfonso.
5 COMMISSIONER ALFONSO: Here.
6 MS. BLANTON: Anthony.
7 THE CHAIRMAN: He will be late or probably will
8 not make the meeting. He called and had a situation
9 arise that involved his son that he felt compelled to
10 be present in Tampa.
11 MS. BLANTON: Argiz.
12 THE CHAIRMAN: He also announced this morning
13 that he was having difficulty with his transportation.
14 MS. BLANTON: Barkdull.
15 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Here.
16 MS. BLANTON: Barnett.
17 COMMISSIONER BARNETT: Here.
18 MS. BLANTON: Brochin.
19 COMMISSIONER BROCHIN: Here.
20 MS. BLANTON: Butterworth.
21 COMMISSIONER BUTTERWORTH: Here.
22 MS. BLANTON: Connor.
23 COMMISSIONER CONNOR: Here.
24 MS. BLANTON: Corr.
25 COMMISSIONER CORR: Here.
1 MS. BLANTON: Crenshaw.
2 COMMISSIONER CRENSHAW: Here.
3 MS. BLANTON: Evans.
4 COMMISSIONER EVANS: Here.
5 MS. BLANTON: Evans-Jones.
6 COMMISSIONER EVANS-JONES: Here.
7 MS. BLANTON: Ford-Coates.
8 COMMISSIONER FORD-COATES: Here.
9 MS. BLANTON: Friedin.
10 COMMISSIONER FRIEDIN: Here.
11 MS. BLANTON: Hawkes.
12 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: Here.
13 MS. BLANTON: Henderson.
14 COMMISSIONER HENDERSON: Here.
15 MS. BLANTON: Jennings.
16 COMMISSIONER JENNINGS: Here.
17 MS. BLANTON: Kogan.
18 COMMISSIONER KOGAN: Here.
19 MS. BLANTON: Langley.
20 COMMISSIONER LANGLEY: Here.
21 MS. BLANTON: Lowndes.
22 COMMISSIONER LOWNDES: Here.
23 MS. BLANTON: Marshall.
24 COMMISSIONER MARSHALL: Here.
25 MS. BLANTON: Mathis.
1 COMMISSIONER MATHIS: Here.
2 MS. BLANTON: Mills.
3 COMMISSIONER MILLS: Here.
4 MS. BLANTON: Morsani.
5 COMMISSIONER MORSANI: Here.
6 MS. BLANTON: Nabors.
7 COMMISSIONER NABORS: Here.
8 MS. BLANTON: Planas.
9 THE CHAIRMAN: He announced that he could not be
10 at this meeting or at the public hearings, he's out of
11 the country.
12 MS. BLANTON: Riley.
13 COMMISSIONER RILEY: Here.
14 MS. BLANTON: Rundle.
15 COMMISSIONER RUNDLE: Here.
16 MS. BLANTON: Scott.
17 COMMISSIONER SCOTT: Here.
18 MS. BLANTON: Smith.
19 COMMISSIONER SMITH: Here.
20 MS. BLANTON: Sullivan.
22 COMMISSIONER SUNDBERG: Here.
23 MS. BLANTON: Thompson.
24 COMMISSIONER THOMPSON: Here.
25 MS. BLANTON: West.
2 COMMISSIONER WETHERINGTON: Here.
3 MS. BLANTON: Zack.
4 COMMISSIONER ZACK: Here.
5 MS. BLANTON: Chairman Douglass.
6 THE CHAIRMAN: Here.
7 At our last meeting we adopted the rules of
8 procedure, except to the extent that Rule 9.3 does not
9 apply to require an extraordinary vote for amendment
10 of rules until after this meeting today. Therefore,
11 as we move along, we can offer other amendments.
12 I'd like to call on Commissioner Barkdull, the
13 chairman of the Rules and Administration Committee, to
14 make a presentation regarding Rule 5.
15 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
16 Members, you may remember at the last meeting we
17 deferred any consideration of Rule 5 until today.
18 Rule 5 as proposed by the Rules Committee is on your
19 desk, and I want to be sure that you have the copy
20 that has two pages, and on the second page --
21 THE CHAIRMAN: Excuse me, I understand that's
22 amendment 2 in your packet?
23 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: That's correct. It's
24 identified amendment 2, it may show by Commissioner
25 Mills on it or by me. There was some redrafting early
1 this morning as to who would be the introducer.
2 The one that you want to be sure that you have is
3 at the end of paragraph 2 there's a statement, "The
4 Style and Drafting Committee may recommend amendments
5 to proposals and may recommend a grouping of any
6 related proposals." That's the one that I have on the
7 desk for consideration by the body at this time.
8 These are white papers, they're not in a packet that
9 was mailed out. They should be on your desk in the
10 packet, there are two pages of them that says
11 amendment 2.
12 THE CHAIRMAN: The one I have says that it is
13 amendment 2 and it says Commissioner Mills, and it's
14 carrying over from the last meeting which we deferred
15 until today. Then also in that, in a blue sheet, is
16 Commissioner Mills -- no, that's another matter.
17 There is another amendment to it, but that has not --
18 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: That has not been offered
19 yet. I can ask the secretary to read this amendment,
20 it might be helpful to everybody, and while she's
21 reading it, we can be sure we get it in front of us.
22 THE CHAIRMAN: I usually interrupt and say you
23 don't have to read it, but I am going to let you read
24 this one since everybody may not have had an
25 opportunity to read it.
1 MS. BLANTON: All of amendment 2, or just the
2 amendment to it?
3 THE CHAIRMAN: The amendment -- not the amendment
4 to it. The original amendment 2 is -- instead of
5 Mills, is Barkdull.
6 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Yes.
7 THE CHAIRMAN: The secretary is going to read
8 this. Normally we will not read amendments if
9 everybody has had them long enough to have a full
10 grasp of them. I think everybody is familiar with
11 this, so we will proceed.
12 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Let me first make one
13 comment, Mr. Chairman. I see people looking through
14 their stapled packet. You're not going to find this
15 in there. This is a two-page that was put in your
16 packet this morning, it should be on the top of it.
17 I'm going to ask staff to see if they did get it
18 distributed. Is it in there now?
19 THE CHAIRMAN: It's in my packet.
20 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: On the white pages, and
21 it shows by Mills.
22 THE CHAIRMAN: Let's let the secretary read it,
23 and you may proceed, Madam Secretary, amendment 2 is
24 labeled, "By Commissioner Barkdull, the following
1 MS. BLANTON: On page 15, line 22, insert, 5.1,
2 taking the yeas and nays, "The Commission Chair shall
3 declare the outcome of all votes, but if three
4 commissioners immediately question a vote by a show of
5 hands the Chair shall take the vote. When the vote is
6 completely recorded the Commission Chair shall
7 announce the result to the Commission and the
8 secretary shall enter the result in the journal."
9 5.2, change of vote, "After the voting but prior
10 to announcement of the result of a roll call, a member
11 may vote or change his or her vote and such vote shall
12 be recorded in the journal. After the vote has been
13 announced a member, with unanimous consent of those
14 present, may change his or her vote on the measure and
15 such vote shall be recorded in the journal, except
16 that no such change of vote shall be valid where such
17 vote would alter the final outcome."
18 5.3, casting vote for another, "No member shall
19 cast a vote for another member, nor shall any member
20 not a member cast a vote for a member."
21 5.4, adoption of proposals and submission to the
22 Secretary of State, 1., "A proposal that has been
23 placed on the calendar pursuant to Rule 2.17 or 2.14
24 and in accordance with the special order established
25 by the Rules and Administration Committee, shall
1 require a majority vote of the Commission for further
2 consideration of the proposal and for a commitment of
3 the proposal to the Style and Drafting Committee."
4 2., "The Style and Drafting Committee shall
5 review all proposals receiving approval of a majority
6 of the Commission and shall prepare recommended ballot
7 language. The Style and Drafting Committee may
8 recommend amendments to proposals and may recommend a
9 grouping of any related proposals."
10 3., "A proposal on consideration after having
11 been disposed by the Style and Drafting Committee may
12 be amended or grouped by a vote of at least 22 members
13 of the Commission."
14 4., "Final adoption of a proposal shall require a
15 vote of at least 22 members of the Commission."
16 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Barkdull to open.
17 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Mr. Chairman and
18 Commissioners, this permits proposals only to
19 ultimately reach a vote of the people by 22
20 affirmative votes of this Commission, which is just a
21 little less than three-fifths, which is the number
22 required by each house of the Legislature to put a
23 joint resolution on a ballot for consideration by the
25 This is a crucial change from the vote that was
1 necessary in the D'Alemberte Commission, which was a
2 simple majority. And as you have heard from some of
3 the speakers who spoke to us in the organizational
4 meeting, there are those that indicated that they had
5 20 years ago thought that that's the way it ought to
6 be. They now recommended, and I particularly remember
7 Mr. Uhlfelder saying he changed his position and
8 thought that we ought to have something above a simple
10 I think that certainly where there's only one of
11 us in this body that was elected to serve here, the
12 rest of us were appointed, and I think that we should
13 at least attempt to have a vote that is similar to
14 that necessary in the Legislature where the people are
15 presented by elected individuals that they sent there,
16 knowing that they would be possessed of the authority
17 to put proposed changes on the Constitution, but that
18 would be a limitation, that they would need at least a
19 three-fifth vote, and I think that us adopting a
20 similar level at which we would put something before
21 the public is going to be essential to the success of
22 this body, and it will also temper maybe some of our
23 zeal to too far left or right or wherever, to where we
24 have to get a consensus of this group, so that if we
25 get a consensus it will take 22 votes affirmatively to
1 put something out, and when we go out to the public
2 after next May 5th, we will have a more cohesive group
3 to sell the package, and I urge the adoption of this
5 I want to point out, which has been of concern to
6 some members, that the Style and Drafting Committee
7 when they come back they can only recommend grouping.
8 In other words, if Commissioner Scott and Commissioner
9 Smith have two proposals and they go to the Style and
10 Drafting Committee and they recommend that the Smith
11 and Scott proposals be grouped for consideration by
12 the public on the ballot, that grouping would not
13 stand unless this body voted 22 votes that there would
14 be such a grouping.
15 If the Smith proposal and the Scott proposal have
16 continued to receive 22 votes and they do not receive
17 22 votes for grouping, they will go on the ballot as
18 separate proposals, and then in final passage it will
19 take 22 votes to pass a proposal and it will take 22
20 votes to amend it, so that up until the time a
21 proposal goes through the Style and Drafting Committee
22 and comes back, a proposal until it is submitted to
23 Style and Drafting can be amended by a simple majority
24 of this body, but once it comes back from Style and
25 Drafting, to further amend it will take 22 votes, to
1 group it will take 22 votes, and so in final passage
2 it will take 22 votes.
3 And if -- I'm repeating myself, but if Style and
4 Drafting's recommendation for grouping does not get 22
5 votes, Commissioner Scott's proposal and Commissioner
6 Smith's proposal are going to stand on their own and
7 will go to the people that way.
8 I'll be happy to answer any other questions in an
9 attempt to explain.
10 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Langley?
11 COMMISSIONER LANGLEY: Mr. Chairman and
12 Commissioner Barkdull, there seems to be one scenario
13 that's not covered by this that bothers me a little
14 bit, and maybe this dialogue will clear that up in the
16 We can only act at this time on proposals coming
17 back from Style and Drafting or, as written, it would
18 take 22 votes? For instance, if the Scott/Smith
19 proposals that were grouped by Style and Drafting
20 doesn't get 22 votes, then that's history, but suppose
21 Mr. Scott wants to move to have his proposal linked
22 with Senator Jennings' proposal in a new proposal?
23 Why, on the floor of this Commission, should we not be
24 able by majority vote to do that, let Style and
25 Drafting then work on that concept and bring it back
1 for a 22-vote proposal?
2 In other words, I don't think at any time we
3 really represent a complete cadre of this state. I
4 mean, we've got everything here you can imagine, and I
5 think a majority of this Commission ought to be able
6 to do anything we want to do, except for the super
7 majority vote on final passage.
8 But the scenario, again, not covered is, Mr.
9 Scott would be forbidden to say, I want to be lumped
10 with Senator Jennings' proposal, if that gets the
11 majority vote, and I think it would take some
12 massaging at that time to go back to Drafting and come
13 back with that proposal linked together. Again, then
14 it would revert back to the rule as you have it that
15 says it would still take 22 votes.
16 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: In other words, you would
17 recommit, in your example, the Scott and the Jennings
18 proposals back to the Rules Committee by a simple
19 majority vote for their consideration?
20 COMMISSIONER LANGLEY: Right.
21 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: I don't see that that
22 would be out of order.
23 THE CHAIRMAN: Wouldn't that be the case now?
24 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: That's what I say, I
25 don't see that that would be out of order under this
2 THE CHAIRMAN: Under this rule that would be my
3 interpretation, Commissioner Langley, that if somebody
4 made a motion to recommit it to Style and Drafting, it
5 would be recommitted on a majority vote.
6 I have a question. Do we take up each proposal
7 first, get 22 votes and then go back for grouping, is
8 that the way we do it?
9 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: No. The way it reads is
10 that Style and Drafting, when they are considering the
11 proposals that have received a majority vote and been
12 sent to them, would consider any proposed structural
13 amendments, and they could also consider any grouping
14 and recommend a grouping or recommend any amendments
15 back to here, but it would be subject on final passage
16 of 22 votes.
17 THE CHAIRMAN: Do you have any further questions,
18 Commissioner Langley?
19 COMMISSIONER LANGLEY: No, sir, I don't think it
20 covers it as written, but again, the dialogue has said
21 that's what we're going to do, so that's fine. I
22 don't think, as written, that a majority of this
23 Commission has a right to recommend to Style and
24 Drafting how to bring it back, but we can do that. I
25 can move that we recommit proposals 15 and 13 to Style
1 and Drafting with instructions to bring it back to
2 Drafting, and I suppose the majority would cover it,
3 but I don't think we ought to be held to the super
4 majority for that concept to at least go back to Style
5 and Drafting.
6 THE CHAIRMAN: That would be my interpretation in
7 the absence of somebody overruling it, if that's
8 satisfactory to answer your question. I think it's
9 an excellent question and I'm glad you raised it
10 because we need to clarify that.
11 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: I think with the
12 clarification I would urge the adoption of the rule as
13 set forth.
14 I believe there's an amendment on the desk.
15 THE CHAIRMAN: There is an amendment on the
16 desk. Go ahead with the amendment.
17 MS. BLANTON: Commissioner Mills offers the
18 following amendment to amendment 1. On page 22, line
19 18 --
20 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Excuse me, ma'am, I think
21 it is Commissioner Nabors' amendment.
22 THE CHAIRMAN: It's Commissioner Nabors, and
23 we're going to recognize him here after you read it.
24 MS. BLANTON: Commissioner Nabors offers the
25 following amendment to amendment 2. On page 2, line
1 21, insert, "Notwithstanding Rule 9.3, Rule 5.4 may be
2 amended by a majority vote of the Commission until the
3 adjournment of the first Commission meeting after the
4 conclusion of the Commission's public hearing cycle
5 ending September 12, 1997."
6 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Nabors?
7 COMMISSIONER NABORS: Members of the Commission,
8 what I'm trying to do here is to keep in play this
9 Rule 5.4 as to how it works. I really think that this
10 is a critical rule, we need to be thoughtful on it,
11 and there's no need to preclude a change in this rule
12 by majority vote at this time. I think it would be
13 helpful to go through the public hearings and see what
14 baskets of issues we're dealing with.
15 What this amendments says is at the close of
16 public hearings, at the next Commission meeting we
17 would have the right to revisit this rule by majority
18 vote rather than what the Rule 9.3, which is three-
19 fifths. It gives us another opportunity to look at
20 this, if in our deliberations and in our hearings,
21 public hearings in the next couple of months, we feel
22 like we've made a mistake, we can correct that by
23 majority vote, and I would urge you to adopt it.
24 I don't think it hurts anything. We've
25 published for the world to see what our best thinking
1 is now, and it gives us another opportunity to revisit
2 it at the first Commission meeting if we subsequently
3 find out we've straddled ourselves in some manner.
4 THE CHAIRMAN: All right. Commissioner Barkdull?
5 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Mr. Chairman, as chairman
6 of the Rules Committee, Mr. Nabors and I discussed
7 this and I would consider this a friendly amendment
8 and urge the passage of it.
9 THE CHAIRMAN: Anybody else want to be heard on
11 You understand what this amendment does. It just
12 delays determining whether we have 22 votes or not
13 until September the 12th. Everything else would be
14 subject only to be amended by two-thirds vote. Is
15 everybody clear on that?
16 If there's no further discussion, we will vote on
17 Commissioner Nabors' amendment.
18 All in favor say aye.
19 (Chorus of ayes.)
20 Opposed like sign.
21 Chairman votes no.
22 We will revert now to the motion as amended.
23 MS. BLANTON: That's correct.
24 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Move adoption, Mr.
1 THE CHAIRMAN: Any discussion in favor of the
3 Any discussion opposing the motion?
4 All those in favor, please say aye.
5 (Chorus of ayes.)
6 THE CHAIRMAN: All opposed, like sign. The
7 motion carries. The Chairman votes aye. I don't have
8 to do that, I just thought we ought to go ahead and do
9 it. I don't want to keep coming back up.
10 All right, I believe we have another amendment,
11 two other amendments, one in your packet which you
12 have there by Commissioner Mathis, which is amendment
14 Commissioner Mathis, do you want the clerk to
15 read all that, or shall we dispense with the reading?
16 COMMISSIONER MATHIS: There's a summary of
17 amendment 1 that was included in the packet that was
18 mailed that I think would give a summary of each of
19 the proposed amendments if the Chair thinks that
20 that's a good idea to read them.
21 THE CHAIRMAN: Without objection we'll waive the
22 reading of the amendment, and Commissioner Mathis, I
23 think I'll just recognize you to read that summary as
24 part of your presentation, or treat it however you
25 like. I think most people have had it, but you may
1 read it or explain it or do whatever you like.
2 COMMISSIONER MATHIS: Fellow Commissioners and
3 the Chair, I am proposing a list of amendments to the
4 rules. We discussed most of these amendments at our
5 last Commission meeting, so I'll be brief, but the
6 amendment to Rule 1.1 basically just corrects a
7 technical reference and that wasn't discussed at our
8 last meeting.
9 Also, the amendment to Rule 1.5, it specifies
10 that an appeal on a question of order can be decided
11 by a majority vote. Basically it just clarifies what
12 that rule -- how that rule should be applied.
13 And let me deviate here. All of these amendments
14 are really offered in a spirit of keeping our assembly
15 and our consideration of the various proposals to the
16 Constitution open and that all proposals be heard and
17 that everyone be allowed the opportunity to present
18 their proposals before this body for full
20 Under Rule 1, .11 requires a five-day notice of
21 items that are included on the agenda for the
22 Commission meetings, and it recognizes, also, that
23 during the session, while we're in session, that
24 notice of items to be placed on the agenda can be done
25 by announcement in our chambers, and that will give
1 adequate notice as to what items are being considered,
2 and this also keeps our meetings open and those who
3 have concerns about specific issues will be given
4 prior notice and -- notice that we will be considering
5 these matters in full, and I think that keeps the
6 public informed and people don't have to guess at what
7 we will be considering.
8 Rule 1.16, it basically deletes the requirement
9 for a Sergeant-at-Arms to execute process. I think
10 that under -- I don't think that the Commission has
11 the authority to execute process.
12 Under 1.17 and 1.18, it provides that the
13 Commissioners may note their absences by giving
14 written notice to the Chair. It deletes any
15 requirement for a request for permission, and the
16 amendment also notes that those excused absences will
17 be noted in the journal.
18 On Rule 1.12, it changes the name of the
19 Miscellaneous Committee to the General Provisions
20 Committee. This amendment wasn't brought before the
21 body before, but it was recommended by the
22 Constitution Revision Commission staff, to clarify.
23 It is a listing of the various committees and it lines
24 up more with the actual Constitution, and the general
25 provisions considers those items that are not
1 specifically listed.
2 Under 2.7, it provides that the special order
3 calendar given by the Rules and Administration
4 Committee could be amended by a majority vote.
5 Currently there's a two-thirds vote required, and this
6 would allow a majority of the Commission to decide if
7 they want to hear a matter out of the order that it's
8 originally proposed on the special calendar, and we
9 did discuss that at the last meeting.
10 3.35, it deletes the requirement that in order
11 for a Commissioner to present a proposal, that they
12 have to have 10 affirmative votes. This amendment
13 allows for any Commissioner to bring a proposal before
14 this body, and we have all sacrificed both personally
15 and professionally to be here and I think that this is
16 an opportunity for any Commissioner to bring a
17 proposal and let it be heard and let it be discussed
18 fully by this body.
19 The amendment to 3.4 provides that filed
20 proposals -- originally, and I'm not sure that I
21 really fully comprehend this, but originally the
22 rules, it seemed to be that the rules read that in
23 order for a proposal to be heard that it had to be
24 properly drafted, and this proposal basically
25 clarifies that a Commissioner can submit a proposal
1 and we're not required to submit that proposal in any
2 particular form, but rather the staff will then put
3 the proposal in its proper form to be presented to
4 this body.
5 Also, the amendment to 9.1 prescribes that
6 Robert's Rules of Order will govern this procedure,
7 govern our proceedings. I think this is a more widely
8 understood rules of procedure. I know that Mason's
9 governs legislative procedure, but I think with
10 private citizens making up a majority of this body and
11 Robert's Rules of Order being a more standardized
12 rules of procedure, that it would be conducive to us
13 moving forward to use Robert's Rules of Order as the
14 secondary source for rules of procedure.
15 I would take any questions anyone may have.
16 THE CHAIRMAN: There are two amendments to this
17 amendment on the desk. Would you read them? I
18 believe they're by Commissioner Mills, but go ahead
19 and read them, please, they're very short.
20 MS. BLANTON: Amendment 1 to amendment 1,
21 Commissioner Mills offers the following amendment. On
22 page 12, lines 5 through 6, strike "The special order
23 may be amended by a majority vote of the Commission."
24 THE CHAIRMAN: Proceed on amendment 1.
25 COMMISSIONER MILLS: Mr. Chairman, this simply
1 places the special order calendar with the same
2 dignity that is treated in the House and Senate and
3 virtually every parliamentary body. I think again
4 it's worth pointing out that the procedures under
5 which this Commission has been established are far
6 more open and accessible in terms of getting the floor
7 even than the wonderful and open processes of the
8 House and Senate, that being because every, initially
9 every proposal will ultimately come to the floor.
10 So the issue with special order is simply the
11 order in which it will be heard, and because of the
12 large number and openness for which we're going to be
13 credited, this simply allows us to bring some order
14 out of initial anarchy.
15 No one has to worry about any proposal they're
16 concerned about being heard; it will be heard. By
17 allowing a special order to have some higher dignity
18 then we will rely on our good Rules Committee with
19 Justice Barkdull and Mr. Langley and others to make
20 sure we have a fair order for hearing.
21 THE CHAIRMAN: All right. Any discussion?
22 Commissioner Langley?
23 COMMISSIONER LANGLEY: Since we had that
24 amendment at the last meeting I find I've been
25 appointed to this illustrious Rules Committee, but it
1 doesn't change my mind whatsoever on that amendment.
2 Maybe the very reason you stated, Commissioner Mills,
3 that the House and the Senate do it now, is the reason
4 we ought not do it, because it concentrates power, and
5 this Commission doesn't need concentrated power.
6 If everything, again, if everything is going to
7 be heard as you promised, then there shouldn't be any
8 problem, but I think the majority of the Commission
9 ought to decide the priority of these things and how
10 we take them up. And again, as long as it comes here
11 in acceptable form on the special order calendar,
12 nobody is going to move amend it. So it's just a
13 matter of whether a majority of this Commission should
14 run the Commission or whether a select few should make
15 these decisions, and I'm one of those alleged select
16 few in this case, but it doesn't change my mind about
17 the principle.
18 COMMISSIONER MILLS: First, I trust Commissioner
19 Langley. I think that what this does is simply assure
20 us that we have the opportunity to hear it. We
21 shouldn't spend days arguing the order in which we
22 hear special orders. Those that have been around
23 special order calendars realize it simply provides us
24 a means of doing business.
25 This is not a policy-setting issue. I think that
1 the Rules Committee as appointed looks extremely fair
2 and equitable. I'm not on it, I trust it.
3 It seems to me that we would be well served to
4 use a special order process, because I think it does
5 work well in the House and Senate and other
6 deliberative bodies because it allows debate to
7 proceed in an orderly fashion. That's really all this
8 does. This is not substantive.
9 And by the way, there are a ton of motions if
10 we're concerned about the majority being able to
11 exercise its will at a given time on a given matter,
12 and I'll be glad to talk about those. If you want to
13 take something off, you refer it to committee. If you
14 want to kill it, kill it. If you want to amend it,
15 amend it. I mean, the majority can do whatever it
16 wants to.
17 THE CHAIRMAN: Any further discussion?
18 All in favor of the amendment, say aye.
19 (Chorus of ayes.)
21 (Chorus of nays.)
22 Take a roll call. Our electrical process isn't
23 quite ready yet, but we're going to get it. We get to
24 hear our secretary call our names.
25 Incidentally, Commissioner Argiz came in and is
1 here, we're glad you made it.
2 MS. BLANTON: Alfonso.
3 COMMISSIONER ALFONSO: No.
4 MS. BLANTON: Anthony is not here.
6 COMMISSIONER ARGIZ: No.
7 MS. BLANTON: Barkdull.
8 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Yes.
9 MS. BLANTON: Barnett.
10 COMMISSIONER BARNETT: Yes.
11 MS. BLANTON: Brochin.
12 COMMISSIONER BROCHIN: No.
13 MS. BLANTON: Butterworth.
14 COMMISSIONER BUTTERWORTH: Yes.
15 MS. BLANTON: Connor.
16 COMMISSIONER CONNOR: No.
17 MS. BLANTON: Corr.
18 COMMISSIONER CORR: No.
19 MS. BLANTON: Crenshaw.
20 COMMISSIONER CRENSHAW: No.
21 MS. BLANTON: Evans.
22 COMMISSIONER EVANS: No.
23 MS. BLANTON: Evans-Jones.
24 COMMISSIONER EVANS-JONES: No.
25 MS. BLANTON: Ford-Coates.
1 COMMISSIONER FORD-COATES: Yes.
2 MS. BLANTON: Friedin.
3 COMMISSIONER FRIEDIN: Yes.
4 MS. BLANTON: Hawkes.
5 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: No.
6 MS. BLANTON: Henderson.
7 COMMISSIONER HENDERSON: Yes.
8 MS. BLANTON: Jennings.
9 COMMISSIONER JENNINGS: No.
10 MS. BLANTON: Kogan.
11 COMMISSIONER KOGAN: Yes.
12 MS. BLANTON: Langley.
13 COMMISSIONER LANGLEY: No.
14 MS. BLANTON: Lowndes.
15 COMMISSIONER LOWNDES: No.
16 MS. BLANTON: Marshall.
17 COMMISSIONER MARSHALL: No.
18 MS. BLANTON: Mathis.
19 COMMISSIONER MATHIS: No.
20 MS. BLANTON: Mills.
21 COMMISSIONER MILLS: Yes.
22 MS. BLANTON: Morsani.
23 COMMISSIONER MORSANI: No.
24 MS. BLANTON: Nabors.
25 COMMISSIONER NABORS: Yes.
1 MS. BLANTON: Planas.
3 COMMISSIONER RILEY: Yes.
4 MS. BLANTON: Rundle.
5 COMMISSIONER RUNDLE: Yes.
6 MS. BLANTON: Scott.
7 COMMISSIONER SCOTT: No.
8 MS. BLANTON: Smith.
9 COMMISSIONER SMITH: Yes.
10 MS. BLANTON: Sullivan is not here.
12 COMMISSIONER SUNDBERG: Yes.
13 MS. BLANTON: Thompson.
14 COMMISSIONER THOMPSON: Yes.
15 MS. BLANTON: West, not here.
17 COMMISSIONER WETHERINGTON: No.
18 MS. BLANTON: Zack.
19 COMMISSIONER ZACK: Yes.
20 MS. BLANTON: Chairman Douglass.
21 THE CHAIRMAN: Yes.
22 When the secretary is ready to announce the
23 vote, when you're ready, announce.
24 MS. BLANTON: 16 yeas, 17 nays.
25 THE CHAIRMAN: So the amendment fails by one
2 Amendment 2.
3 MS. BLANTON: Commissioner Mills offers the
4 following amendment to amendment 1. On page 22, line
5 18, through page 23, line 2, strike all of said lines
6 and insert, "It shall be the duty of the Commission
7 Chair or the presiding officer to interpret all
9 COMMISSIONER MILLS: Try something even less
11 This replaces the Robert's Rule designation with
12 a designation of the secondary source by the Chair.
13 The Chair has announced the intention to use Mason's,
14 which was the suggestion of our secretary. It was
15 announced that both the House and the Senate use
16 Mason's Manual, since that didn't seem to work last
17 time with two-thirds vote, but it is interesting to
18 note that the creation of Mason's Manual included Joe
19 Brown and John Phelps, Clerks of the House and Senate.
20 So this simply would allow the Chair to designate
21 the secondary source.
22 I would point out that the reason this makes
23 sense is parliamentary bodies across the country have
24 used Mason's Manual for some years now. It was upon
25 consideration of different types of secondary sources
1 that Mason's was chosen.
2 Another secondary source is Jefferson's Manual
3 which we used to use in the House. I had a copy of
4 Jefferson's Manual, and Commissioner Thompson and I
5 were talking about it. It was in my desk for 10 years
6 and I touched it twice.
7 This is not to suggest to you that the secondary
8 source is not something that you're going to be
9 looking up every day. The primary source is the rules
10 that you have in front of you, and you're well-served
11 to have a secondary source that has been thought out
12 by individuals in parliamentary bodies.
13 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Scott?
14 COMMISSIONER SCOTT: I would like to speak in
15 favor of the motion. What's happened over the years,
16 Robert's Rules of Order that we all had back in
17 college or wherever with our clubs is more suited to
18 sororities, fraternities, non-profit organizations.
19 In a deliberative body like this, and what's involved
20 in it, I think it was like 1989 in connection with the
21 National Conference of State Legislators, a revised
22 Mason's. So to give the Chair the discretion on
23 this, which is really the way it is, I think in the
24 Senate and the House that's what they use, but it's a
25 lot more -- and if you can't vote for it for any other
1 reason, it's what our secretary of the Senate and the
2 secretary of our body here is used to working with.
3 So I would hope that we would adopt this.
4 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Connor?
5 COMMISSIONER CONNOR: Question of Commissioner
7 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Mills, you yield to
8 him, I'm sure?
9 COMMISSIONER CONNOR: Mr. Mills, would your
10 amendment eliminate the right of appeal by any member
11 from the ruling of the Chair?
12 COMMISSIONER MILLS: I would ask Mr. Barkdull to
13 take the floor, because as I recall that's covered in
14 a separate rule.
15 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: The separate ruling
16 would not prevent an appeal of the Chair.
17 COMMISSIONER CONNOR: Thank you.
18 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Evans-Jones?
19 COMMISSIONER EVANS-JONES: I have a question. Do
20 we need to insert -- I'm not sure what Mason's Rules
21 say, but do we need to say anything that, "shall be
22 the duty of the Commission Chair based on Mason's
23 Rules," or does he just automatically have that
24 privilege in Mason's Rules to make all decisions?
25 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Mills?
1 COMMISSIONER MILLS: This is only a secondary
2 source. In other words, the rules are the primary
3 source, and they prevail.
4 COMMISSIONER EVANS-JONES: Right. But we were
5 using, I think Commissioner Mathis was saying that use
6 Robert's Rules as a secondary source, but we would not
7 need that same thing, Mason's Rules as a secondary
9 COMMISSIONER MILLS: Well, I ask the Chair, what
10 this does is put these rules in the same posture as
11 they are, for example, in the Senate, which means that
12 the Chair can designate. I think the Chair has
13 indicated that the Chair and the secretary designate
14 Mason's as the secondary source. This doesn't
15 designate a source. If you'd like to designate a
16 source, I think that would be considered a friendly
18 COMMISSIONER EVANS-JONES: I would like to do
20 THE CHAIRMAN: There has been an amendment
21 offered to the amendment by Commissioner Evans-Jones,
22 which would refer to Mason's.
23 MS. BLANTON: It would have to be a substitute
25 THE CHAIRMAN: The secretary informs me it has to
1 be a substitute amendment. Tell us what it would be.
2 You'll have to write it out, I think.
3 Why don't we take a short recess while she does
4 that and just stay in place. If you need to step out
5 you can.
6 The Senate rules -- before we leave, Commissioner
7 Jennings -- don't have any reference, it's the same as
8 this proposed rule was, wasn't it, or anything, just
9 what's in the proposed rule?
10 COMMISSIONER JENNINGS: Yes.
11 (Brief recess.)
12 THE CHAIRMAN: While we're waiting, I will call
13 this back to order for just a moment. I was going to
14 discuss this a little earlier; if we do it now we
15 won't have to do it later. If everybody would please
16 return to their seats?
17 I just wanted to tell you that in the interim
18 period from our last meeting we've done quite a few
19 things. We visited the editorial boards in various
20 places, in Pensacola, Panama City and Ft. Walton
21 Beach, in preparation for this upcoming public hearing
22 round, and we were accompanied by Judy Burn-Riley,
23 Commissioner Riley, to the wonderful Ft. Walton Beach.
24 We also met with the editorial boards of the St.
25 Petersburg Times, the Tampa Tribune and the Orlando
2 Mr. Alfonso, Commissioner Alfonso, went with us
3 to the Tampa Tribune, and we had very productive
4 meetings and interesting meetings, and the Pensacola
5 and Panama City and the Ft. Walton Beach papers have
6 very much advertised our upcoming public hearings and
7 there will be public notices in those papers today.
8 Your executive secretary also made arrangements
9 for the television stations in those areas to have
10 public service announcements about the public
11 hearings, and they're set to go over there. We will
12 try to do this everywhere. Whenever we go, either Mr.
13 Buzzett or myself, to an area to meet with the press,
14 we would like as many of you that are in the area to
15 go with us as can go. I think it's very productive
16 when we're there together and we can deal with their
18 The meetings were very much enjoyable to me, and
19 also pretty well eye-opening, I think, as to the fact
20 that most of the items that we've been talking about
21 that are issues are issues with them and I think we
22 will hear from time to time from all of them.
23 If the amendment is ready, I would ask the
24 secretary -- is it ready?
25 MS. BLANTON: It's being copied.
1 THE CHAIRMAN: They're making copies.
2 That took care of all my housekeeping. As you
3 all know, we're going to leave this afternoon and go
4 to Panama City, and I hope you all have reservations
5 at the motel where we're staying. I think you were
6 advised to do that by the staff some time ago, and
7 we're having a reception there tonight that's being
8 given by the Chamber of Commerce and then we kick off
9 our first public hearing there tomorrow morning.
10 If you don't have a room as you were directed to
11 do, you might speak to somebody about where you might
12 be able to get one, and I think there are some other
13 motels in the vicinity. This one happens to be
14 located very directly from where the functions will
15 be, and that's why it was chosen. I don't know if
16 they have rooms left there or not, somebody told me
17 they didn't, and if they don't, then you need to speak
18 to either Suellen Cone, who is the administrative
19 assistant, or Mr. Buzzett or Lynn Imhof, who is his
20 assistant, and they'll assist you in whatever way can
22 As you know, we're going to go on the bus for
23 those of you new, and I think it will be a very
24 convenient way, because when we get there we'll have
25 transportation in Pensacola. For example, the night
1 before, you all have invitations to a cocktail party,
2 and it says heavy hors d'oeuvres, and I presume that
3 means we don't have to buy supper.
4 But the transportation there can be by bus, which
5 will afford you the opportunity to have a designated
6 driver when we come back, so I think that will be very
8 Those of you that want to leave the bus in
9 Pensacola and fly back to wherever you're going,
10 that's available to you, too. So we believe the bus
11 will turn out to be a pretty good deal. It's not
12 going to cost a whole lot.
13 And we are going to have some outsiders with us.
14 For example, there are at least two members of the St.
15 Petersburg Times staff that made early reservations.
16 We're taking the press on a first come, first served,
17 so you will have the opportunity to ride with that
18 lion of Florida journalism, Martin Dyckman, who I
19 think we all look forward to visiting with Martin, and
20 also Peter Wallsten, and then the Tampa Tribune
21 capitol correspondent spoke to me about going.
22 So I think we'll have a full bus of Commissioners
23 and others who will advise us what we're doing wrong
24 from time to time.
25 Now, do we have it yet?
1 Okay, the meeting will come to order and I will
2 call on the proponent, Commissioner Evans-Jones.
3 COMMISSIONER EVANS-JONES: Thank you, Mr.
5 I would like to offer the following substitute
6 amendment. On page 22, line 18, through page 23, line
7 2, strike all of said lines and insert, "Mason's
8 Manual of Legislative Procedure shall govern the
9 Commission and any committees established pursuant to
10 those rules in all cases which they are applicable and
11 in which they are not in conflict with the rules of
12 this Commission, except that seconds of motions shall
13 not be necessary. It shall be the duty of the
14 Commission Chair or the presiding officer to interpret
15 all rules subject to appeal by any members."
16 THE CHAIRMAN: All right. Would you like to
17 discuss it further, your substitute motion?
18 COMMISSIONER EVANS-JONES: No, Mr. Chairman, I
19 simply wanted to be sure that we had the Mason's Rule
20 as our secondary.
21 THE CHAIRMAN: Anybody want to speak on this?
22 Commissioner Mathis, are you a proponent or an
24 COMMISSIONER MATHIS: I'm not sure.
25 THE CHAIRMAN: Well, if you're against it you're
1 an opponent, if you're for it, you're a proponent.
2 COMMISSIONER MATHIS: I know that, but what I'm
3 going to propose is that -- I'm proposing that since
4 Robert's Rules of Order is a more clearly and widely
5 understood set of rules that govern procedural issues
6 and that Mason's is a set of rules that governs
7 legislative processes, that those rules -- I used to
8 work for John -- the Clerk of the House and John
9 Phelps and I don't understand Mason's Rules and I'm
10 sure that there are those who do, but I'm not even
11 sure if the majority of the state legislators clearly
12 understand Mason's -- all of Mason's Rules.
13 So my thought is to propose that we use Robert's
14 Rules of Order. This is not a legislative body. I
15 think the Constitution provision clearly contemplates
16 a group of citizens coming together to consider
17 revisions to the Constitution, so we shouldn't feel
18 bound by legislative -- to follow legislative process,
19 but I do understand that legislative rules may help us
20 in considering the matters that will come before us.
21 So I would like to propose that we first use
22 Robert's Rules of Order as a secondary source.
23 Robert's Rules does not deal with legislative issues.
24 Robert's Rules is used by Chamber of Commerces, major
25 hospital boards in this country and a number of our
1 country's institutions in Florida and outside of
2 Florida. So I do think that it would be helpful.
3 But I'd like to propose a third source on those
4 issues not dealt with in Robert's that are clearly
5 legislative in matter, that we use Mason's as a
6 guiding proposal, and I'd like to make that proposal
7 to the body.
8 MS. BLANTON: We have before us a substitute
9 amendment which we really need to address.
10 THE CHAIRMAN: The secretary informs me, which I
11 understood to be the case, that we can't amend this.
12 We need to go forward with the substitute motion, and
13 the amendatory process does not apply.
14 MS. BLANTON: We could amend the substitute
15 amendment, but she would need to draft it. You can
16 amend the substitute, but that's it.
17 COMMISSIONER MATHIS: I am going to support the
18 Evans-Jones amendment, but I will vote to support the
19 Mathis amendment as proposed to first go to Robert's
20 Rules of Order as the secondary source and then to
22 THE CHAIRMAN: The substitute amendment would
23 eliminate that. If you vote for this substitute
24 amendment, then you have eliminated the Mathis, as you
25 call it, proposal that's before us. That's what it's
1 substituted for.
2 COMMISSIONER MATHIS: I'm lost.
3 THE CHAIRMAN: Don't be too lost. You should
4 vote against this, and if you vote for it, it
5 eliminates the issue as it relates to your amendment
6 on that point.
7 COMMISSIONER MATHIS: I would vote against it,
8 then, in that I do think that we need to use Robert's
9 Rules of Order, a more clearly understood source, for
10 the rules first, then go to Mason's to deal with
11 legislative issues as a third source.
12 THE CHAIRMAN: Very good.
13 Commissioner Ford-Coates?
14 COMMISSIONER FORD-COATES: Mr. Chairman, I rise
15 to support the amendment. I discussed this issue with
16 a registered parliamentarian recently, asked her the
17 difference between Mason's and Robert's, explained our
18 process, and she gave me the advice that Mason's is
19 obviously the best one to use, that's why it has been
20 developed for legislative bodies.
21 I would respectfully disagree with Commissioner
22 Mathis. I think we are in a way legislating in the
23 way that the proposals will come through and be voted
24 on by the body. No, we are not a legislature, but the
25 way the process will work is similar. So I strongly
1 support the amendment.
2 THE CHAIRMAN: Any further discussion?
3 If not, we will proceed to vote.
4 All in favor of Commissioner Evans-Jones'
5 substitute amendment, which you've heard, all those in
6 favor say aye.
7 (Chorus of ayes.)
9 (Chorus of nays.)
10 The motion carries.
11 You can proceed now with the amendment -- that's
12 now the substitute amendment -- we're back on
13 amendment 1 as amended.
14 Any further discussion?
15 Commissioner Mathis, this is your motion, you
16 have the opportunity to close if you like.
17 Any further discussion?
18 If not, we will proceed to vote on the amendment
19 1 as amended.
20 Commissioner Barkdull?
21 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Mr. Chairman, I want to
22 be sure that everybody understands that we're now
23 voting on the Mathis as amended by the Mills'
24 amendment, which the Rules Committee considers now a
25 friendly amendment.
1 THE CHAIRMAN: So we have two amendments to it,
2 is that correct?
3 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Yes. One of them failed,
4 one of them passed, and we still like the Mathis
5 proposal as amended.
6 THE CHAIRMAN: As amended.
7 Commissioner Smith?
8 COMMISSIONER SMITH: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
9 Am I correct in understanding that the Rules
10 Committee considers all of the Mathis amendments,
11 which is this entire page, as amended by Commissioner
12 Mills, friendly and ready to vote?
13 THE CHAIRMAN: Just to make sure it's clear, the
14 Evans-Jones amendment passed. It's a part of this
15 now. As I understand, there's been no motion to
16 reconsider the vote on the amendment that was offered
17 by Commissioner Mills that was defeated 17 to 16. Is
18 that right?
19 Then we will proceed to vote on the Mathis
20 amendment as changed by the Evans-Jones substitute.
21 All in favor say aye.
22 (Chorus of ayes.)
23 All opposed?
24 The motion carries.
25 We have another amendment, I believe, that's
1 been filed this week that may not have been received
2 by everybody until just recently.
3 Everybody has it, I think. It's the very thick
4 one at the end, Amendment 3 by Commissioners Evans and
5 Hawkes. Who wants to go first?
6 Commissioner Evans?
7 COMMISSIONER EVANS: I'm going to address just
8 certain sections of that amendment, because many of
9 the sections are verbatim to the Mathis amendment.
10 Various citizens and citizens' groups have
11 expressed concerns on the openness of these
12 proceedings and the amendments that I am now proposing
13 address these various concerns, and I'm happy to
14 propose those amendments on their behalf. I will
15 address only those which are different from
16 Commissioner Mathis's as amended.
17 The first one is Rule 1.17. Rule 1.17, the new
18 language deletes the language, "for just cause," and
19 it also makes the rules consistent with other
20 governmental entities' ethical requirements for having
21 the Section 286.12 language in Section 1.17.
22 And along with 1.17, 1.18 is a companion. Again,
23 basically what I'm doing here is allowing the
24 Commissioners to be excused upon their request rather
25 than having a determination of just cause, and if the
1 Commissioner asks for an excused absence, excused
2 absence will be granted, basically because of the
3 various obligations otherwise that we have.
4 Rule 1.23 mirrors the provisions of Article 3,
5 Section 4(e), which applies to both houses of the
6 Legislature, and this also prohibits the holdings of
7 any meetings at locations of discriminatory admissions
9 Rule 2.13, I don't know if this is the right time
10 to bring this up or not, so you can tell me, but I
11 have today, I have submitted Amendment 7 to Amendment
12 3, which amends my own. So if you would like me to
13 speak to that now, I'm not sure of the procedure on
14 that, or I can wait until after I've gone through the
15 rest of the ones that I'm addressing.
16 I will go ahead and speak to it right now. Rule
17 2.13, in Amendment 3, what I was attempting to do was
18 to conform this amendment to the notice requirements
19 of having a five-day calendar date notice of the
20 agenda, and as I was reading last night the new
21 language, I realized that I might be talking about two
22 different days. I changed it to eight Commission
23 meeting days and the concerns were having the five
24 calendar days that we had passed previously. So Rule
25 2.13 and Amendment 7 to my amendment goes back and
1 addresses that issue, that we're really talking about
2 five calendar days' notice, so that if we have three
3 Commission meeting dates from the day a proposal is
4 received, that, in essence, could be five calendar
5 days or it could be a month, knowing that we don't
6 necessarily meet five days in a row or eight days in a
7 row. So the Amendment 7 addresses that nothing in
8 this rule shall conflict with the calendar day notice
9 requirements found elsewhere in these rules.
10 That was a concern that the citizens' contact
11 groups had made, too.
12 Rule 6.1, 6.2, 6.5 and 6.6 are merely grammatical
13 clarifications, not substantive changes.
14 Rule 7.1 provides greater public access to the
15 amendment process that protects the minority,
16 increases public confidence in the Commission process,
17 and it ensures all ideas have the opportunity to be
18 heard. I know a concern has been expressed that it
19 might hold up action if the Commission, for instance,
20 is meeting only one day or two days and at the end of
21 the second day we need an amendment we might not be
22 able to act on it.
23 However, Rule 9.3 addresses that if two-thirds of
24 the members want to waive the requirement on an as-
25 needed basis because the Commission is not meeting the
1 next day, then we can certainly take a vote on that
2 with two-thirds of the people agreeing. If only a few
3 people want to waive it, then perhaps it's not wise to
4 hasten a decision anyway.
5 And then the last one that I addressed that
6 Commissioner Mathis, it's different from Commissioner
7 Mathis's, is 8.3 and 8.5. Again, those are merely
8 grammatical, technical changes just to clarify.
9 Mr. Hawkes?
10 THE CHAIRMAN: Are there any questions of the
11 Commissioner? Commissioner Sundberg?
12 COMMISSIONER SUNDBERG: Commissioner, would you
13 yield to a question with respect to your proposed
14 amendment to 1.17 and 1.18?
15 COMMISSIONER EVANS: Yes, sir.
16 COMMISSIONER SUNDBERG: As I understand the
17 current posture of Amendment 1 offered by Commissioner
18 Mathis, it does away with excuses for absences and
19 substitutes simply a notification.
20 COMMISSIONER EVANS: Right.
21 COMMISSIONER SUNDBERG: Do you still propose your
22 amendment to those sections?
23 COMMISSIONER EVANS: Basically only in that it
24 addresses the ethical considerations and hers does not
25 the 2 point --
1 COMMISSIONER SUNDBERG: No, I have with respect
2 to -- you're offering an amendment, as I understand
3 it, you're offering an amendment to 1.17 --
4 COMMISSIONER EVANS: Right.
5 COMMISSIONER SUNDBERG: -- and 1.18 that deals
6 with absences?
7 COMMISSIONER EVANS: Right.
8 COMMISSIONER SUNDBERG: And it talks in terms of,
9 as I read your amendment, it talks in terms of excuses
10 and the like.
11 Now, it says that, of course, that requests for
12 an absence must be granted, but my point is, is that
13 consistent with the amendment that Commissioner Mathis
14 is already making to 1.17 and 1.18?
15 COMMISSIONER EVANS: That is consistent, right.
16 The only substantive difference is that hers does not,
17 in 1.17, because this deals with two different subject
18 matters, hers does not address the Florida Statute
19 286.012 requirement. Otherwise, there is not a
20 difference in the excused absences. Both say
21 basically the same thing. We notify and no one makes
22 a judgment as to whether we're excused or not.
23 THE CHAIRMAN: Any further questions?
24 Commissioner Sundberg, does that answer your --
25 COMMISSIONER SUNDBERG: Well, it's an answer. I
1 don't understand the answer.
2 It occurs to me, Commissioner, as I say, the
3 language, if you take a moment to look at Commissioner
4 Mathis's Amendment 1 at 1.17 and 1.18, really I think
5 significantly amends the language that you're
6 attempting to amend, I believe, respectfully.
7 COMMISSIONER EVANS: That's correct.
8 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Evans-Jones?
9 COMMISSIONER EVANS-JONES: I have a question for
10 Commissioner Evans.
11 Would it be simpler, Commissioner, since really
12 the difference is the conflict of interest, if you
13 just presented that part of the amendment?
14 COMMISSIONER EVANS: That's perfectly acceptable
15 to me.
16 COMMISSIONER EVANS-JONES: To add the disclosure.
17 COMMISSIONER EVANS: Right, to add the
18 disclosure, because there is no difference --
19 COMMISSIONER EVANS-JONES: Right.
20 COMMISSIONER EVANS: -- otherwise.
21 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Connor?
22 COMMISSIONER CONNOR: Mr. Chairman, in the
23 interest of addressing these matters separately and on
24 their individual merit, I would move that we sever or
25 separate the motion to amend into its component parts
1 by rule so that we can consider --
2 THE CHAIRMAN: Your motion would be that we
3 consider the amendment, the amendment that's been
4 offered to each separate rule, you mean like part 1 or
5 do you mean to go down each one of them?
6 COMMISSIONER CONNOR: Well, my suggestion was
7 that we do it by rule number, but --
8 THE CHAIRMAN: That would be like part 1, part 2,
9 part 3.
10 COMMISSIONER CONNOR: Yes, sir. I would not
11 object to a further separation if somebody deemed that
12 necessary, but I think in view of the passage of the
13 Mathis amendments, it may obviate some of the concerns
14 that have been raised by Commissioner Evans and it may
15 allow us to bring other issues to the floor for
16 consideration without having to vote up or down on the
17 whole package.
18 THE CHAIRMAN: Everybody has heard his motion.
19 Anybody want to speak to that?
20 The motion is that we will consider each one by
21 rule number, which we would take part 1, then part 2,
22 then part 3, et cetera.
23 Commissioner Morsani?
24 COMMISSIONER MORSANI: Mr. Chairman, I'd prefer
25 we vote up and down on the whole package of the
1 amendment and get it behind us one way or the other.
2 I think we're just splitting all this -- the hairs and
3 it's just not necessary. Let's vote up and down on
4 the amendment and then we'll go from there.
5 THE CHAIRMAN: You're against that motion?
6 COMMISSIONER MORSANI: I'm against that motion.
7 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Hawkes?
8 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: Thank you.
9 I'm in support of the motion. I think this is
10 probably only five or six rules that are different
11 than what Commissioner Mathis has asked. Obviously,
12 all the rest of the rules we don't need to consider,
13 we don't need to discuss. Those issues have been
14 decided by the adoption of the Mathis amendment.
15 Like for instance on this one, Commissioner
16 Morsani, basically under Commissioner Mathis's
17 amendment you have to vote on every single issue that
18 comes before this body if you are present. Under
19 Commissioner Evans' proposal, if you have a conflict
20 of interest, for whatever reason, you declare the
21 conflict and then you don't vote, which is a procedure
22 that has been adopted in Florida to have as much
23 public confidence as possible. So therefore you would
24 not have to vote if you had a conflict under this
25 proposal, and that, I would submit, is a good idea to
1 help ensure public confidence and that's why I think
2 we ought to take these in pieces and consider them one
3 at a time, the five or six that are different.
4 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Nabors?
5 COMMISSIONER NABORS: My concern with that is
6 that you can be dancing with a tarbaby in trying to
7 decide what a conflict is. I mean, I think the rule
8 ought to be that you vote on every proposal. If I
9 have a conflict, and my practice is predominantly
10 local government, for example, then I'm forbidden to
11 deal with local government, that's what bothers me
12 about this, is it seems to me that the rule is
13 written, basically says, as I understand it, that we
14 vote on every proposal, and the problem, if you start
15 putting in it is or is not a conflict we're all going
16 to have these difficulties where we decide, well, do
17 we have a conflict on this and how close do we have to
18 get to a particular proposal where there's a
20 Proposals speak for themselves, and our
21 backgrounds speak for themselves, too. So I would be
22 opposed to this.
23 THE CHAIRMAN: All right. The motion that's
24 before us is to separate them into separate rules and
25 you heard the opposition to that with the suggestion
1 that we then vote on the whole thing.
2 Commissioner Barkdull?
3 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Mr. Chairman, I wanted to
4 be sure that the Commission understood that the Rules
5 Committee opposes this motion, or at least its
6 chairman does, and would suggest because of the late
7 notice of this packet that we vote it either up or
9 For the Mathis proposals we had a lot of time for
10 everybody to see. I did not get the Evans proposal
11 until this morning when I walked in the office. I'm
12 not saying that it was not sent to my office, I wasn't
13 there, but I think we ought to take the package as it
14 was presented and vote it up or down.
15 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Mills, you were up.
16 COMMISSIONER MILLS: This is an inquiry to the
17 Chair. I'm trying to figure out our parliamentary
19 THE CHAIRMAN: That's good.
20 COMMISSIONER MILLS: And I think we can do that.
21 There is a motion, but I'm not sure of whether that
22 motion, what effect that motion has, because there's
23 an amendment before the body, and I think that it's in
24 order to consider a vote up or down on that
25 amendment. So I'm not sure -- I will couch this as an
1 inquiry to the Chair or as a point of order, because I
2 don't know if you can do what you want to do by a
3 motion to separate. This is a complicated motion, in
4 other words. This is a motion to say I'm going to
5 vote separately, by section, the rules.
6 Now, my inquiry of the Chair is, can you do that,
7 or do you have to draw separate amendments?
8 THE CHAIRMAN: I think the correct rule is that
9 we would be proceeding ostensibly under the effort to
10 separate the question.
11 COMMISSIONER MILLS: So it's a motion to divide
12 the question?
13 THE CHAIRMAN: Motion to divide the question,
14 which would require that it be in writing and placed
15 on the desk as to what it is. If the sense of the
16 body is to go ahead and vote on this entire proposal
17 up or down, you would vote against this, as I
18 understand it. If that is not your intent, then you
19 would vote to separate the question.
20 Is that the Rules chairman's interpretation? How
21 about, Commissioner Scott, would that be your
22 interpretation, as well?
23 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: It would be my
24 interpretation, Mr. Chairman.
25 THE CHAIRMAN: Do you agree with that?
1 COMMISSIONER SCOTT: Well, I don't know.
2 THE CHAIRMAN: That's what the ruling is going to
4 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: If the current motion is
5 defeated, then it would recur on the motion of
6 Commissioner Evans on the package, up or down.
7 THE CHAIRMAN: Okay, well, let's go ahead and
8 vote on Connor's motion.
9 Everybody in favor of Commissioner Connor's
10 motion, say aye.
11 (Chorus of ayes.)
12 THE CHAIRMAN: Opposed?
13 (Chorus of nays.)
14 THE CHAIRMAN: The nos have it. It fails.
15 We revert now to the amendment offered by
16 Commissioner Evans and Hawkes.
17 Commissioner Mathis?
18 COMMISSIONER MATHIS: It's my recollection from
19 our consideration of the amendment that I offered at
20 our last meeting that we were afforded the opportunity
21 to discuss each proposed amendment, although we did
22 vote on them as total. I just wanted to make sure
23 that I understood that, will we go down each proposed
24 amendment, discuss that amendment and then vote on
25 them as a whole? Because I think that would help for
1 full consideration of the rules rather than jumping
3 So if we took first Rule 1.17 and had our
4 discussion on that and then moved to the next rule,
5 that is similar to what we did when we considered the
6 amendment last time.
7 And I also wanted to speak in favor of the
8 amendment offered by Commissioner Evans. It is a more
9 technical amendment and more detailed amendment as
10 proposed by citizens of Florida who deal with this
11 process on a daily basis, but I do think it does move
12 us even further into a more open and a more understood
14 And while I think with the disclosure of the
15 conflict of interest, while I'm not sure whether that
16 would prohibit a vote by a Commissioner, I would
17 surely want to know if a proposed Commissioner had a
18 specific interest in a particular issue before I voted
19 on that, and I would hope that that, at least
20 disclosure of the conflict would come out during the
21 discussion or be required to be disclosed during the
23 THE CHAIRMAN: All right. That's a discussion in
24 favor of the amendment. Now, do we have further
25 discussion on the amendment?
1 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Mr. Chairman?
2 THE CHAIRMAN: Mr. Barkdull?
3 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Mr. Chairman, I rise as
4 an opponent of the amendment, and would like an
5 opportunity to speak.
6 THE CHAIRMAN: Is there further from -- the
7 sponsor I think has another statement that she wishes
8 to make.
9 COMMISSIONER EVANS: I'm not certain exactly how
10 we stand, again. I know the comment was made that we
11 should not vote on this because it didn't come to our
12 desks until this morning, yet the precedent has
13 already been set this morning. I didn't, for example,
14 get Amendment 2 as proposed by Commissioner Mills that
15 we voted on until this morning, as well as Amendment 2
16 to Amendment 1 and Amendment 1 to Amendment 1.
17 There's been quite a bit of paperwork on my desk first
18 thing. It was not my understanding that that was the
19 rule at the beginning of the day.
20 THE CHAIRMAN: For your information, the Chair
21 has not ruled that this amendment will not be voted
22 on. In fact, it's now being discussed to be voted on
23 yes or no, and the discussion is whether or not to be
24 for the amendment or against it.
25 COMMISSIONER EVANS: The amendment as a whole?
1 THE CHAIRMAN: Absolutely. That's the way it's
3 COMMISSIONER EVANS: Rather than section by
5 If it would help any, basically I will withdraw
6 any of the sections that are duplicative of
7 Commissioner Mathis's. I mean, I realize a vote has
8 been taken that we have to do it as a whole, but
9 again, we had set precedents already that we were
10 doing section by sections earlier.
11 THE CHAIRMAN: The Chair rules you can't do
12 that. You can't withdraw sections of it. The whole
13 amendment is before the body and that's where it will
14 be, and it's either up or down at the moment. You're
15 for it or you're against it.
16 Any further discussion in favor?
17 Any further discussion opposing it?
18 Commissioner Barkdull?
19 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Mr. Chairman and members
20 of the Commission, I rise to oppose this package
21 because there are several things in there that I think
22 are very harmful to the deliberative process. Many of
23 the things that are included in this amendment were
24 covered by the Mathis amendment.
25 I think that the most damaging thing to the
1 operation of this body will be the fact that you
2 cannot have any amendments during the course of debate
3 without a two-thirds vote of the Commission. That's
4 the impact of what the time limitations will occur,
5 and I can assure you with having to get a waiver of
6 the rules in order to offer an amendment during the
7 process of the debate will seriously limit the
8 consideration of the issues, and on that basis alone I
9 think this package ought to be voted down.
10 THE CHAIRMAN: All right. Any further
12 If not, we will proceed to vote.
13 All in favor of the Evans-Hawkes amendment as
14 offered, say aye.
15 (Chorus of ayes.)
16 THE CHAIRMAN: All opposed?
17 (Chorus of nays.)
18 THE CHAIRMAN: Motion fails, or the amendment
20 All right, what's our next -- do we have anything
21 else? Amendment 4 is on the desk.
22 Madam secretary, would you tell us what Amendment
23 4 is?
24 MS. BLANTON: I don't have it yet, but it's on
25 its way.
1 THE CHAIRMAN: We're going to have an Amendment
3 Commissioner Hawkes, are you offering this
5 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: Yes, sir.
6 THE CHAIRMAN: Do you want to go ahead and
7 discuss it before we get it?
8 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: I can explain is very
9 briefly, Mr. Chair.
10 Basically what this amendment does is it's the
11 language that we talked about in Rule 1.17, and it
12 basically says that you vote on every issue unless you
13 have a conflict, which is in Florida statute; it
14 defines what conflict is, and it merely says that if
15 you have this conflict, you go ahead and declare that
16 you have a conflict and you don't vote, and that
17 enhances public confidence in what we do, puts this in
18 line with what every other commission and body in the
19 state of Florida does, and I would urge your favorable
20 consideration of the amendment. Thank you.
21 THE CHAIRMAN: Does anybody want to speak for it?
22 Anybody want to speak against it?
23 I think we've had the discussion against it
25 Do you want to go ahead and vote on it?
1 Read it, please.
2 MS. BLANTON: Commissioner Hawkes offers the
3 following amendment to the rules as amended. Rule
4 1.17 is amended to read, "1.17, Attendance in voting.
5 Unless a Commission member has submitted the written
6 notice provided in Rule 1.18, every Commission member
7 shall be with the Commission's chamber during its
8 sessions and shall vote on each question as provided
9 in Section 286.012, Florida Statutes."
10 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Butterworth?
11 COMMISSIONER BUTTERWORTH: Mr. Chair, just one --
12 just a personal inquiry, if I can?
13 THE CHAIRMAN: Yes, sir.
14 COMMISSIONER BUTTERWORTH: In my role as Attorney
15 General and also sitting on the Cabinet I would
16 anticipate there will be some issues coming up that
17 will affect the Cabinet and that may affect the Office
18 of Attorney General. With this amendment, can I vote
19 or can I at least file a possible conflict and still
20 register a vote? Because I could conflict with
21 everything you do.
22 THE CHAIRMAN: Are you inquiring of the Chair?
23 The Chair would rule you couldn't vote if this
24 amendment passes because the statute does not require
1 COMMISSIONER BUTTERWORTH: But I believe the
2 statute, Mr. Chair, in many cases, I believe -- maybe
3 perhaps someone from the House or Senate can maybe
4 advise me as to what the rules are in the House and
5 Senate. I think their rules might be, you must vote,
6 but if you vote you can at least register the conflict
7 for the Journal. So if I'm voting on whether or not
8 you keep the Attorney General as an elected office, I
9 can vote yes or no and then put the conflict in the
11 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Hawkes?
12 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: Thank you, Mr. Chair.
13 I think that this amendment benefits the
14 membership two ways. One, it helps you define when
15 you have a conflict because the statute has some
16 language in there, there's some body of law that's
17 developed under it and it will help you define when,
18 in fact, you do have a conflict. It also provides you
19 protection, so that if you do vote on an issue where
20 you do not have a direct conflict under Florida law,
21 you have protection because we have a statute that we
22 go to that says, it's okay to vote in this situation
23 because it's not a direct economic benefit to you or
24 not to you, and I think it truly does enhance the work
25 product of this Commission. Some members have said
1 maybe it's a law already, and I don't know if it is or
2 not, but certainly if you put it in the rules it helps
3 governs our actions.
4 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Mills?
5 COMMISSIONER MILLS: Commissioner Hawkes, do you
6 yield for a question?
7 Just to clarify a couple of examples, if someone
8 is in the Legislature they could vote on legislative
10 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: I think clearly they could,
12 COMMISSIONER MILLS: And if someone is a member
13 of the judiciary, they can vote on judicial issues?
14 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: I think the statute defines
15 "conflict" very narrowly. It just makes everybody
16 feel more comfortable when they're voting, because
17 probably many of us would have an indirect, just by
18 the fact that our state might be a better place if we
19 do good things. So it defines it narrowly and it does
20 allow those situations, yes.
21 COMMISSIONER MILLS: And if someone is an
23 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: They can vote on issues --
24 COMMISSIONER MILLS: Regulation of the
1 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: Yes.
2 COMMISSIONER MILLS: Then maybe you could give us
3 a little further definition of what the conflict would
4 be. As I understand it, one can then declare the
5 conflict and vote?
6 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: No, I think that if you
7 have a conflict --
8 COMMISSIONER MILLS: If you have a real conflict,
9 you don't vote?
10 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: Right. I mean, if it's
11 direct --
12 COMMISSIONER MILLS: Direct financial interest
13 based on that vote. Since this is something that will
14 probably come up, maybe you could help us by putting a
15 little bit on the record about it.
16 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: No, I don't think that I
17 can speculate as to situations that may arise for
18 individual members. I think that it's obvious that
19 since every county commissioner, every appointed board
20 in the state, every city who falls under this same
21 rule, and I handle it day to day and it probably is
22 not a situation that's going to occur frequently, it
23 enhances our public image because we're complying with
24 the same rules.
25 COMMISSIONER MILLS: I think it's a good idea.
1 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: And I don't know all the
2 situations that might come up, and frankly, in my time
3 in the Legislature I never had a conflict that came
4 up. I don't know all the situations where they would.
5 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Barkdull?
6 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Mr. Chairman, I'd like an
7 inquiry. Has this rule been distributed where we can
8 look at it yet?
9 THE CHAIRMAN: No.
10 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Because I'm trying to
11 figure out, if we're going back to rule, Statute
12 286.012, that makes a reference to a couple of other
13 statutes that we've got to look at to understand, and
14 I'm trying to understand what we're being limited to.
15 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Butterworth?
16 COMMISSIONER BUTTERWORTH: Mr. Chair, I would
17 concur with Commissioner Barkdull. I've issued a
18 number of legal opinions over the past few years
19 depending upon which statutes we're dealing with, and
20 some of those opinions have stated that if you are on
21 an elected board that you must vote, you have no
22 choice about voting, and if you have a conflict you
23 can set forth what your conflict is.
24 I would move that it would be appropriate that we
25 defer this motion until we do see the particular
1 documents, which could be later today. I'd like to
2 have my staff at least look at it.
3 THE CHAIRMAN: Of course we can do that, but
4 we're actually trying to complete our chores here this
5 morning and this is the only thing left, I think, is
6 this proposal. We don't have it yet, but I guess we
7 can wait until it's printed.
8 I'm going to tell you that the Chair is going to
9 rule, if this is adopted, that you cannot vote in the
10 circumstances which you outlined, because I think
11 there are some opinions that say that, and that if you
12 want to limit the number of people that can vote on a
13 given issue, this would do it, and that's all right,
14 but you should know what you're doing. I don't think
15 you should be sandbagged by what the Chair will rule
16 when you announce it.
17 When you get down to it, however, all conflicts
18 are subject to somebody's interpretation, starting
19 with your own. One of the reasons I would rule as I
20 do is I think every vote we have would be subject to
21 somebody filing a lawsuit if you adopt this rule.
22 COMMISSIONER NABORS: Mr. Chair?
23 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Nabors?
24 COMMISSIONER NABORS: I don't have the statute in
25 front of me, but I recall that what it requires is, is
1 that you're required to vote, that you have like 15
2 days to file a disclosure. I believe that's the way
3 it works. I don't want anybody to be misled. This
4 doesn't mean that someone has to announce the
5 disclosure at the time of the vote. It requires a 15-
6 day filing, but I think the law has changed in our
7 lifetime and requires you to now vote. You used to
8 have to abstain from votes. I think you have to vote
9 and you have 15 days to file a disclosure.
10 I'm not sure it gets us where we want to be in
11 terms of knowing when people vote as to what a
12 conflict may or may not be. It is true the statute
13 divides it narrowly in terms of direct monetary
14 benefit as opposed to something more subtle. The
15 problem is we're trying to draft a legislative statute
16 that works for counties and cities that requires
17 people to vote, requires a subsequent disclosure,
18 which I'm not sure is going to work in the speed in
19 which we're going to have to act on our votes when the
20 final days come.
21 THE CHAIRMAN: I'd like to question Commissioner
22 Butterworth and then I'll recognize you, Mr. Smith.
23 Isn't it true that the statute applies to us just
24 like it does everybody else, whether it's in this rule
25 or not? The rule would then make it an issue of
1 whether or not your vote was valid, isn't that true?
2 COMMISSIONER BUTTERWORTH: That would be my
3 understanding, Mr. Chairman.
4 THE CHAIRMAN: Now, Commissioner Smith.
5 COMMISSIONER SMITH: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
6 First of all, just as I rose at our first
7 organizational meeting to urge that we not act on the
8 Mathis amendments at that time because of the serious
9 questions a lot of us had as to the impact it would
10 have, I rise to speak against this particular
11 amendment because I think there's some serious
12 question in this body as to whether or not it will get
13 us where we want to go.
14 We're talking about every proposal that a
15 Commissioner brings forward and every proposal from
16 the public coming before us. Almost -- I mean,
17 everything that comes before us we're going to have a
18 conflict, whether it's me dealing with lawyers or the
19 Attorney General dealing with the Cabinet.
20 I think this will seriously impede our ability to
21 do the business that we were sent here for, and I for
22 one, if nothing else, I intend to vote. As we just
23 saw in the Mills amendment, that one vote sure can
24 make a difference in a lot of things that are going to
25 come before us, and I would hope that in the spirit of
1 the openness that Commissioner Hawkes is trying to
2 make sure that we keep foremost in our minds, that
3 where there is -- I mean, this is not like voting on a
4 cable TV contract before a guy who used to work for my
5 law firm. We're talking about voting on the
6 Constitution, which doesn't necessarily in and of
7 itself put money in somebody's pocket.
8 So I don't think we will be impaired by at this
9 time not approving the Hawkes amendment.
10 Thank you.
11 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Langley?
12 COMMISSIONER LANGLEY: Mr. Chairman, I think
13 we're wasting time and it's almost dinnertime, because
14 we can't change State law here, as I understand it. I
15 mean, we're a powerful Commission, but as I read 286
16 we're going to vote and if you want to file a
17 conflict, file a conflict, and I don't think any rule
18 of this Commission is going to change that chapter.
19 Now, there's some conflict about whether you vote
20 or you abstain. Local officers can abstain and just
21 file a reason as to why they did, but the chapter, I
22 think it's 112 is where they spell out the 286
23 requirements, says, we will vote and then you can file
24 your conflict after you vote, so let's move on.
25 THE CHAIRMAN: Agreed. Commissioner Barkdull?
1 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: Mr. Chairman, I just rise
2 to oppose the motion. As Commissioner Langley just
3 pointed out, this statute makes reference to other
4 statutes which are not before us. I think the matter
5 is covered by state law and we ought to go ahead and
6 vote this down and get on.
7 THE CHAIRMAN: Do you want to close?
8 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: Just real briefly.
9 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Hawkes.
10 COMMISSIONER HAWKES: Just real briefly, Mr.
12 It really shouldn't be such a shock of a proposal
13 since in fact it was in the Steering Committee's
14 report, I believe that it was probably even in the
15 1978 Commission rules. If it's already a matter of
16 state law, it does no harm to go ahead and put it in
17 there and clarify the procedure, and I just ask your
18 favorable consideration. Thank you.
19 THE CHAIRMAN: Okay, we'll proceed to vote. Does
20 everybody know the amendment? Read it, please.
21 Incidentally, I'd like your permission without
22 objection to allow the secretary to make these
23 amendments technically correct without changing any of
24 the meanings of them if there are needs to do so, and
25 if nobody objects I'll just make that ruling if there
1 are no objections.
2 All right, please read this one.
3 MS. BLANTON: Commissioner Hawkes offers the
4 following amendment to the rules as amended. Rule
5 1.17 is amended to read, "1.17, Attendance in voting.
6 Unless a Commission member has submitted the written
7 notice provided in Rule 1.18, every Commission member
8 shall be within the Commission's chamber during its
9 sessions and shall vote on each question as provided
10 in Section 286.012, Florida Statutes."
11 THE CHAIRMAN: Okay. You've heard it. All in
12 favor, say aye.
13 (Chorus of ayes.)
14 THE CHAIRMAN: All opposed, no.
15 (Chorus of nays.)
16 THE CHAIRMAN: It fails.
17 Do we have anything else?
18 All right, if there's no further business, what's
19 happening here is the bus will be ready to leave here
20 at 1:30. The Sergeant's people will take care of
21 getting your stuff on the bus if you will direct them
22 to do so, and we're going to have lunch following this
23 in the Senate lounge which will cost you your per diem
24 of six bucks.
25 We will discuss with the Rules Committee the
1 possibility of doing what they do in some houses of
2 the Legislature, I understand, which is have all of us
3 make a contribution to a fund which we could then
4 cover things like this without having each person
5 having to do it, and we'll stay within the confines of
6 the law with whatever amenities we might have.
7 So be advised that the bus is going to leave at
8 1:30. Billy, where is the bus leaving from?
9 MR. BUZZETT: The bus will be behind the Senate
10 Office Building.
11 THE CHAIRMAN: Behind the Senate Office Building,
12 which is on Adams Street, which is right down at the
13 foot of this part of the building between the Senate
14 and the Capitol building, and for those of you who
15 don't know, you can out on the PL level and walk
16 directly out those doors and walk down the sidewalk to
17 the bus, but any of you that have things for the
18 Sergeant-at-Arms to put on the bus let them know, and
19 we will have lunch and then we'll all try to get out
20 of Dodge and over to Panama City.
21 Incidentally, the hurricane was not destructive
22 there, a lot of rain in Pensacola, but at least we
23 were spared the damage that some of the other places
25 Is there a motion that we adjourn?
1 COMMISSIONER BARKDULL: So move.
2 THE CHAIRMAN: Commissioner Barkdull moves we
3 adjourn. All in favor say aye.
4 (Chorus of ayes.)
5 THE CHAIRMAN: We are adjourned.
6 (Whereupon, the proceedings were concluded.)
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