Constitution Revision Commission

 

The 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) is the third of its kind in state history. Members of the commission have been appointed and meeting dates have been announced. The League has created a roster of members including photos and biographies. Meet the 2017-18 CRC

The overall committee has been holding public hearings across the state and members have now been assigned to separate committees that will discuss specific policy issues. Committee chairs and vice chairs are listed below. Click here to view the complete committee rosters. 

Standing Substantive Committees

Bonding and Investments (Article VII)     
Chair, Commissioner Chris Smith
Vice Chair, Jose "Pepe" Armas 
    Declaration of Rights (Article I)
Chair, Commissioner Lisa Carlton 
Vice Chair, Commissioner John Stemberger 
       
Education (Article IX)
Chair, Commissioner Marva Johnson
Vice Chair, Commissioner Nicole Washington
    Ethics and Elections (Article VI, part of Article II)
Chair, Commissioner Hank Coxe
Vice Chair, Frank Kruppenbacher
       
Executive (Article IV)
Chair, Commissioner Darlene Jordan
Vice Chair, Commissioner Chris Sprowls
    Finance and Taxation (Article VII)
Chair, Commissioner Fred Karlinsky
Vice Chair, Commissioner Tom Grady
       
General Provisions (Articles II, X, XI, XII)
Chair, Commissioner Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch
Vice Chair, Commissioner Emery Gainey
    Judicial (Article V)
Chair, Commissioner Bill Schifino
Vice Chair, Commissioner Anna Marie Hernandez Gamez
       
Legislative (Article III)
Chair, Commissioner Jose Felix Diaz
Vice Chair, Commissioner Belinda Keiser
    Local Government (Article VIII)
Chair, Commissioner Erika Donalds
Vice Chair, Commissioner Chris Nocco
       

Standing Procedural Committees

Rules and Administration
Chair, Commissioner Tim Cerio
Vice Chair, Commissioner Sherry Plymale 
    Style and Drafting
Chair, Commissioner Brecht Heuchan
Vice Chair, Commissioner Carolyn Timmann
       

CRC Proposed Block Calendar

June 6, 2017 – Full Commission Meeting for purpose of considering Rules (Orlando).
June 22, 2017 (Cancelled) – Public hearing in Central Florida (To be rescheduled at a later date).
July and August 2017 – Voluntary training on various procedural and substantive issues.
August 23 or 24, 2017 – Final public hearing of the first phase of public hearings in Broward
County.
Late August to December 2017 – Committee meetings (being considerate of the Legislature’s
committee schedule and fall holidays).
Late February and March 2018 – Public hearing phase two; we will take public input on the work
of the Commission up to that point, prior to any votes on final passage.
March and April – Full Commission meetings for the purpose of hearing proposals.
May 10, 2018 – Final report due to the Florida Department of State. 
Visit the FLC Calendar of Events for additional meeting details. 

Why is Constitutional Revision important?
Changing a constitution has a much more lasting impact than changing state laws. Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission is historic in that it occurs only once every 20 years. Those 37 commissioners will ultimately decide on proposed changes to the Florida Constitution that will make it to the ballot for a voter decision in 2018.

What is the Constitution Revision Commission?
The CRC is a group of 37 people appointed to review and recommend changes to the Florida Constitution; found in Article XI, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution. Every 20 years the commission is appointed to examine the Florida Constitution, hold public hearings and possibly recommend changes to the Florida Constitution for voter consideration.

Who serves on the Constitution Revision Commission?
The Governor of Florida appoints 15 members, the House Speaker and Senate President each pick nine members, three members are chosen by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Attorney General is an automatic member. The Governor selects one of the 37 members to serve as chairman.

Contact David Cruz with any questions.