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Kicking off Florida's Unique Constitution Revision Commission

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It's a process wholly unique to Florida, and it happens once every 20 years: a group of Floridians assemble to review the state’s constitution and recommend changes. It’s called the Constitution Revision Commission, and nearly all members of the 37-person commission are picked by Florida's governor, the state's Senate President and Speaker of the House, and the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court

Florida's third-ever Constitutional Revision Commission will meet this year, and the issues and priorities they decide on will go before voters on the November 2018 ballot. Past CRC efforts have tackled issues ranging from the conservation of natural resources, the creation of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, public education, ballot access, and firearms purchases.

Monday at 1 p.m. on Gulf Coast Live, Carol Weissert with FSU's LeRoy Collins Institute explains the CRC process and her outreach efforts with the Partnership for Revising Florida's Constitution.

Charlotte Nycklemoe, the president of the League of Women Voters of Collier County, joins the program to discuss an upcoming outreach meeting in Collier County about the CRC.

Also joining the program if FGCU political science professor Dr. Peter Bergerson to discuss what past commissions have accomplished.

Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.
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