Sen. Negron proposes constitutional amendment to get rid of constitutional commissions

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The once-a-generation constitutional review would be no more under a resolution filed Monday that would abolish the Constitutional Revision Commission and another panel that meets every 20 years to tweak the state’s tax system, reports the News Service of Florida. Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, on Monday introduced SJR 108, a proposed constitutional amendment to abolish the revision commission and the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission. The constitutional commission is not slated to convene again until 2017. The budget reform commission won’t meet again until 2027. Both panels are comprised of representatives appointed by different branches of government, a selection process that has outlasted its usefulness, Negron said. “Some very good people have served on these committees and both served a useful purpose in the past,” Negron said. “But their time is over…. The power to amend the constitution should be left to the people or the elected representatives.” If approved, the measure would go before voters in 2012.

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