United States: Florida Constitution Revision Commission Meets For Final Time And Approves 8 Ballot Measures

Last Updated: April 19 2018
Article by Aaron C. Dunlap

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) met in an extended session on April 16, and approved a total of eight ballot measures to revise the Florida Constitution. This extended session acted as the final meeting for the CRC, as it addressed all pending proposals still before it.

The electorate will vote on the eight ballot measures in the November election, and any measure must receive 60 percent voter approval for the proposed Constitutional Amendment to take effect.

Roughly 20 proposals to amend the Florida Constitution are integrated into the ballot measures, which are split among six measures that contain proposed amendments grouped by subject area, and two single amendment measures.

While a summary of the ballot measures is provided below, a few highlights of proposed constitutional amendments that will appear on the November ballot are:

  • A prohibition on the judiciary from applying any deference to an agency's interpretation of statutes or its own rules (grouped with other ballot measures);
  • Creation of eight-year term limits for school board members (grouped with other ballot measures);
  • The creation of a six-year lobbying prohibition for state and local elected officials, as well as certain governmental agency heads, as it relates to appearing before the body where they were elected or employed (individual ballot measure);
  • A prohibition on greyhound racing (individual ballot measure).

The CRC also stated that it will submit a formal report to the Florida Secretary of State as soon as possible, which will discharge the duties of the CRC. The next constitution revision commission will form in 2037 and end in 2038.

Commissioner Proposals Context Vote
Ballot Proposal Grouping #6001 Judicial PASSED 34-3
Original Proposal 96 Creates rights for crime victims.
Original Proposal 6 Prohibits judiciary from applying agency deference to interpretation of statutes or rules and requires a de novo interpretation.
Original Proposal 41 Increases age to 75 for judges.
 
Ballot Proposal Grouping #6002 Military/First Responder Survivor Benefits; Higher Education PASSED 30-7
Original Proposal 49 Creates rights to certain death benefits for the survivors of certain first responders and military.
Original Proposal 44 Creates voting threshold by Board of Trustees in order to raise tuition or fees.
Original Proposal 83 Specifies purpose of State College System and provides governance structure.
 
Ballot Proposal Grouping #6003 K-12 Education PASSED 27-10
Original Proposal 43 Creates term limits for school board members (8 years)
Original Proposal 10 Promotion of Civil Literacy in education.
Original Proposal 71 Allows Legislature to create alternative mechanisms to allow establishment of charter schools.
 
Ballot Proposal Grouping #6004 Vaping Regulation; Oil and Gas Drilling Prohibition Passed 33-3
Original Proposal 91 Prohibits drilling for exploration or extraction of oil or natural gas off-shore.
Original Proposal 65 Adds vaping to smoke-free workplace rights.
 
Ballot Proposasl Grouping #6005 Government Structure and Operation Passed 29-8
Original Proposal 9 Creates Department of Veteran Affairs.
Original Proposal 26 Establishes Office of Domestic Security and Counter-Terrorism in Department of Law.
Original Proposal 13 Prohibits counties from choosing county constitutional officers other than by election, changing terms, or changing duties.
Original Proposal 103 Changes dates for January Session start to 2nd Tuesday after the 1st Monday.
 
Ballot Proposal Grouping #6006 Property Rights; Obsolete Provisions; Criminal Statutes Passed 36-1
Original Proposal 3 Deletion of provision re. ownership of real property by aliens ineligible for citizenship (relating to Asian-Americans, dating from WWII).
Original Proposal 12 Repeals high speed rail language from Constitution.
Original Proposal 20 Repeal of criminal statutes does not affect prosecution of crime committed before repeal.
 
Standalone Ballot Issue #6007 Passed 30-4
Original Proposal 39 Creates broad 6 year lobbying prohibition across state and local government for agency heads, department heads, etc.
 
Standalone Ballot Issue #6012 Passed 27-10
Original Proposal 67 Prohibits greyhound racing.

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