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Florida voters will have a chance to ban vaping in restaurants and other businesses, prohibit oil drilling in state waters, create a list of crime victims' rights and give free state university tuition to the spouses and children of first responders who die on the job.

Mary Shedden / WUSF Public Media

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission is heading to the finish line, with a dozen ballot proposals up for final votes this week.

Scott Medicaid Flip-Flop Revisited

Apr 9, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to announce Monday morning that he is (shock) running for the U.S. Senate. And Florida Democrats are (shock) going after the Republican's health-care record, including his on-again, off-again support for Medicaid expansion.

Gov. Rick Scott’s long-standing priority to eliminate Florida’s certificate of need program for Florida hospitals came to a halt Monday, after a member of a powerful panel withdrew a proposal that would have overhauled the current hospital-approval system.

A Constitution Revision Commission proposal to extend the retirement age of Florida’s Supreme Court justices from 70 to 75 is moving forward, and may soon be in front of voters. Commissioner Darryl Rouson says he trusts the move won’t negatively affect diversity in the position.

Panel Briefly Revives Abortion Measure

Mar 21, 2018

The Constitution Revision Commission on Tuesday revived a proposal to narrow the right to privacy and allow the increased regulation of abortions.

But following the 18-14 vote, Commissioner John Stemberger, the sponsor of the measure (Proposal 22), withdrew the proposal from further consideration.

Stemberger invoked the CRC’s so-called “resurrection” rule that allows members to revive proposals that never advanced from the CRC’s committees.

Children removed from their parents due to alleged abuse or neglect would have the right to have a lawyer under a measure before the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. Some worry that could do more harm than good.

Floridians can file petitions to amend the constitution, but not to rewrite state statutes. A legal expert wants politicos to consider changing that.

Constitution Revision Commission Chairman Carlos Beruff is ordering the prestigious, 37-member panel back to the drawing board to settle a dispute over ground rules. A marathon working group meeting in Tampa ended without a full review of draft procedures.

Beruff: CRC To Start Over On Rules

May 29, 2017
Constitution Revision Commission

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.

Daylina Miller/WUSF News

The Constitution Revision Commission made a stop last night in Tampa for their ninth public hearing in the state. The commission meets every 20 years, giving Floridians an opportunity to amend the Florida Constitution.