A Constitution Revision Commission committee on Wednesday began considering whether to change Florida’s primary election system, including buttoning up what’s known as the “write-in loophole.” That allows a write-in candidate to close a primary. The commission’s Ethics and Elections Committee heard from advocates and some of the state’s elections supervisors, but took no action.
The Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) on Monday moved forward on two public proposals to amend the state’s governing document: One to close the “write-in loophole,” and another to repeal a provision on high speed rail. The next chance for commissioners to directly sponsor public proposals will be on Oct. 17, during another meeting of the full Commission. Commissioners also adopted a recommendation from their Rules Committee to extend the public filing deadline to this Friday because of Hurricane Irma.
Former state Senate Democratic leaders Arthenia Joyner and Chris Smith have filed a measure with the Constitution Revision Commission that would restore voting rights to felons who have served their time and completed any other post-prison requirements.
A group of clergy is asking the Constitution Revision Commission to adopt a proposal capping payday loan interest rates at 30 percent per year. The proposed constitutional amendment was filed last Friday, records show, by Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson Jr. of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Proponents, who held a Tuesday news conference at the Capitol, said it was modeled after a similar initiative in New Mexico.
Following the disruption of Hurricane Irma, a panel on Monday recommended that the Florida Constitution Revision Commission give residents more time to file proposed constitutional amendments.
The new deadline for the public to submit amendments for the state’s Constitution would be Oct. 6, under a recommendation OK’d Monday by the Constitution Revision Commission‘s (CRC) Committee on Rules. The previous deadline to turn in proposals had been last Friday, but commissioners wanted to give more time after Hurricane Irma blew through the state the week before.
Citing Hurricane Irma, Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Chairman Carlos Beruff has canceled the body’s first committee week that was scheduled for Sept. 18-19. Beruff also said he was asking the commission’s Rules and Administration committee to reconsider the proposed Sept. 22 public filing deadline for amendments.