Yesterday morning, Pamela Goodman, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida, in partnership with 10 other organizations, sent the letter below to all members of the Constitution Revision Commission.
LWVFExecutiveDirector@gmail.com or by calling 850-224-2545l
September 25, 2017
DELIVERED VIA EMAIL
Dear Chairman Beruff and Members of the CRC:
As organizations that work for the well-being of our state, we congratulate the Constitution
Revision Commission as it kicks off its substantive review of the Florida Constitution. We look
forward to working with the Commission and helping it in any way we can to accomplish its
goal of recommending changes that will improve the Constitution and lives of Florida citizens.
We urge Commissioners to call on our organizations and our members to provide assistance
in researching or assessing issues that come before them. We will individually and collectively
do whatever we can to help.
There are a couple of issues that have come to our attention that we ask the Commission to
consider. The first is one of scheduling and the other relates to interpretation of one of the
rules adopted by the full CRC on June 6, 2017.
First, as you contemplate the schedule under which you will conduct your business, we hope
that you will see the importance of holding your second round of public hearings after the full
Commission has determined, by majority vote, which proposals will be further considered. As
was evident during the first round of public hearings, Florida’s citizens are concerned about a
wide range of issues in our state. A second round of hearings after many issues are eliminated
will allow citizens the opportunity to make focused and in depth public comment about issues
that have been determined to have a real chance of making it to the ballot. And
Commissioners will have the benefit of that comment before they take their final vote.
The second issue we would like to bring to your attention arises out of Rule 1.23, Open meetings
and records. That rule provides: “All proceedings . . . of the Commission shall be open to the
public.” We ask that the Commission and its General Counsel clarify the definition of
“proceedings.” Will this rule be interpreted to mean that two Commissioners can meet
privately to discuss Commission business? Or does the more stringent Sunshine law apply?
We urge you to clarify this rule so as to avoid confusion and suspicion among members of the
public, members of the press and members of the Commission.
We collectively wish you well in your study and consideration of the important constitutional
issues in our great State of Florida.
Howard Simon, Executive Director
Kirk Bailey, Political Director
American Civil Liberties Union of Florida
Andy Madtes, Executive Director
Liza McClenaghan, State Chair
Common Cause Florida
Rich Templin, Ph.D, Legislative & Political
Laura Goodhue, Executive Director
Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates
Joanne McCall, President
Florida Education Association
Barbara A. Petersen, President
Florida First Amendment Foundation
Joseph Pennisi, Executive Director
Florida Policy Institute
Ashley Walker, Director
For Our Future
Pamela Goodman, President
League of Women Voters Florida
Mark Ferrulo, Executive Director
Contact: Lisa Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org 850-508-7782