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Beruff: CRC To Start Over On Rules

May 29, 2017

After a panel of the Constitution Review Commission bogged down in discussions of the rules for the once-every-20-years overhaul of the state's basic law, the full commission will meet June 6 to hammer out a final proposal.

A working group that had been named to make changes to the rules and propose them to the full CRC spent hours working on the document last week but only got about a third of the way through the assignment.

So commission Chairman Carlos Beruff announced Friday in a letter that the entire commission will meet in Orlando and essentially start over with the initial draft.

"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 the full Commission, I think you will agree that consensus on Rules must be achieved on an expedited timeline to ensure we can continue our very important commitment to Floridians," he wrote. 

Beruff also laid out a tentative schedule for the rest of the commission's work, including wrapping up its first "listening tour" of the state by Aug. 24, then starting committee meetings. Another round of public hearings, allowing Floridians to weigh in on proposals the CRC is considering, would start in February.

The full commission would meet in March and April to take action on the proposals. A final report is due May 10, 2018. Constitutional amendments proposed by the commission will go before voters in November 2018.