In the coming weeks, Florida will begin an unusual and unique process of revising the constitution through the Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC). The CRC has the ability to redraft, redraw and reconfigure our state's constitution, and present its recommendations to the citizens directly on the ballot.
While there is no legislative override and no executive veto, any proposal must receive 60 percent of the vote to be approved and placed on the constitution. The CRC meets every 20 years, so there are very few places for commissioners to look for recommendations on changes or even the types of problems that they should attempt to solve.
On a recent weekend, students from across the state came to Gainesville and provided an example.
Recognizing the incredible opportunity that this important commission has, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida created a full weekend of programing for the best and brightest college students from around the state to study, debate and ultimately propose ideas for consideration. Their proposals were graded not only on merit but their ability to garner a super-majority of the vote. READ MORE.