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Constitutional review panel money becomes a ‘bump issue’

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The House and Senate is seemingly at odds over whether to pay for the Constitution Revision Commission. A Sunday spreadsheet that came out of the first 2017-18 state budget conference chairs meeting of the day had a line item for the commission, which meets every 20 years to review and revise the state’s governing document. That includes going around the state to hold public hearings for ideas on possible amendments. The item was among more than 40 statewide appropriation bump issues…

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Progressive groups slam constitutional rewrite panel’s ‘lack of transparency’

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A coalition of progressive interests, including the League of Women Voters of Florida, on Wednesday chided the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) for leaving the public in the dust—and in the dark. A CRC spokeswoman, however, later said its “No. 1 priority is to ensure that the public is actively involved and engaged.” Pamela Goodman, the League’s president in Florida, spoke at a news conference on the steps of the old Capitol in Tallahassee. The commission, which meets every 20 years to review…

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Constitution Revision Commission to hold first meeting

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The Constitution Revision Commission has launched a website and announced an organizational meeting next Monday. The meeting will be 2-4 p.m. in the Capitol’s Senate chamber, with a brief agenda of “Welcoming Remarks, Oath of Office, Rules of the Commission, Ethics Briefing.” The panel, which convenes every 20 years, will review and suggest changes to the state’s governing document after holding public meetings across the state. Its newest hire is Meredith Beatrice, who was spokeswoman for Secretary of State Ken Detzner, and is…

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How state officials decided who made the cut for new statue

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As interesting as who’s on the list to be the subject of Florida’s next statue in the U.S. Capitol may be who’s not on the list. Last week, the Department of State released 129 names submitted by the public as recommendations for a new statue in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. State lawmakers will make the final decision. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of what is now Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, is the top public choice. Every state has two statues. Florida is seeking…

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