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Chris Nocco, Lauren Book backing amendment for crime victims’ rights

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Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and state Sen. Lauren Book are joining a national victims’ rights group to ask Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission for an amendment to give equal rights for crime victims. While most states give crime victims constitutional-level protections, Florida remains one of 15 that does not. Marsy’s Law for Florida, the organization working to amend the Florida constitution, on Monday announced it would offer language to the CRC to place on the 2018 ballot. The CRC meets every…

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Rick Scott names Tom Grady to constitutional review panel

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Former state Rep. Tom Grady will take Jimmy Patronis‘ place on the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday evening. In picking Grady, a Naples attorney and a friend of Scott’s, the governor passed over the three alternates he previously selected to fill an empty seat on the commission, which will review the state’s governing document for possible changes.

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Florida Bar will focus on ‘protecting the courts’ during constitutional revision process

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The new president of The Florida Bar says the organization is standing by to offer “technical legal” support to the Constitution Revision Commission as it readies to amend the state’s governing document, which could include changes affecting the judicial branch. But Michael J. Higer, a partner in Berger Singerman’s Miami office, won’t say which public proposals already filed he favors—or fears. He assumed the Bar presidency on June 23. “It is too early in the process to focus on any…

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UF law students discuss, debate ahead of Constitutional Revision Commission meeting

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Gainesville — With the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission set to hold a public hearing here Wednesday — the fifth of nine hearings scheduled throughout the state as a part of Florida’s unique, citizen-initiative constitutional revision process, which occurs every 20 years — several dozen law students at the University of Florida assembled Monday afternoon in an auditorium named in honor of the chairman of the state’s first CRC, Chesterfield Smith, to discuss the constitutional revision process with a member of…

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Lisa Carlton not running for Florida Agriculture Commissioner

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Lisa Carlton has decided she will not run for Florida agriculture commissioner. Instead, the former state Senator, who co-owns a cattle ranch with her family, will focus on her new role as a member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. As first reported by Zac Anderson the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Carlton, a Sarasota Republican, has changed her mind since January, when she told the paper she was considering a statewide campaign in 2018 for agriculture commissioner. Last week, Gov. Rick Scott…

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Public hearing on proposed Pinellas charter changes went without comment

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The first public hearing to gather public comment on proposed changes to the Pinellas County charter went swimmingly. No one commented. And only one member of the public even showed up. It took a bit less than 15 minutes to call the meeting of the Charter Review Commission to order, read the six proposed referenda, ask for comment and adjourn. The CRC has one more public hearing scheduled before a final vote on their report. Then, the report and any…

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