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Constitution Revision Commission will debate, vote on rules on June 6

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The chairman of the Constitution Revision Commission has called a meeting of the full panel in Orlando on June 6 to debate and vote on a package of procedural rules. Carlos Beruff said in a letter to members Friday that the panel’s rules committee had reached consensus in some, but not all, areas. “In light of the extensive time required by the working group to continue its work and the likelihood that much of their discussion will need to be reiterated with…

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Watchdogs decry Constitution Revision Commission’s proposed rules

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Proposed rules for the Constitution Revision Commission could let members deliberate in secret, limit public participation, bottle up ideas in committee, or bog down debating proposals with little support, government watchdog groups warned Monday. Sixteen organizations, including the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, Florida Consumer Action Network, and unions, including Florida AFL-CIO, critiqued the proposed rules in a letter to the commission’s rules committee. “Transparency and a clear set of ground rules are essential to the credibility of the…

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Personnel Note: Governor’s top lawyer joining Constitution Revision Commission

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William Spicola, general counsel to Gov. Rick Scott for the past year, is leaving to become top legal officer of the Constitution Revision Commission. Replacing him as GC in the executive office of the governor is Daniel Nordby, a partner in Shutts & Bowen’s Tallahassee office. Both job changes become official on April 17, the governor’s office announced Monday. “Will has been a valuable member of my team and has done an outstanding job leading efforts to appoint qualified judges to…

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Pam Stewart, Jimmy Patronis among Rick Scott constitutional review panel picks

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Gov. Rick Scott on Friday released the rest of his appointments to the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), the panel that meets every 20 years to suggest rewrites and additions to the state’s governing document. Unsurprisingly, his selections are heavy with friends, appointees and supporters, including Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and former state Rep. and now Public Service Commissioner Jimmy Patronis. The picks also are rife in conservative bona fides. “These members stood out as exemplary choices for this historic Commission whose diverse backgrounds and…

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Arthenia Joyner, Jeff Kottkamp apply for constitutional panel

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Ougoing Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner and former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp are among the latest applicants to Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga for the Constitution Review Commission. Court spokesman Craig Waters provided an updated list of 20 applicants Tuesday. The Florida Constitution allows for a “revision commission” to meet every 20 years to “examine the constitution, hold public hearings and … file its proposal, if any, of a revision of this constitution or any part of it.” The state’s…

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