Mute Constitution Revision Commissioners hear from Tampa Bay
Florida's Constition Revision Commission held its ninth "Floridians Talk, We Listen" public hearing in Tampa Wednesday evening, drawing about 200 people eager to let the 37-member board know what it wants and doesn't in Florida's Constitution.
People asked for less gun control and more. Open primaries to empower nonpartisan voters. A change to the constitution's privacy clause so that it no longer thwarts abortion restrictions, and no change to that clause. They asked for protections for black bears and protections for public schools against charter schools siphoning money away. They asked for more transparency from the CRC, which is still grappling with how much to embrace Florida's Sunshine Laws, more solar power, and less opportunity for expanded gambling.
The commissioners remained mostly mute thrhoughout the evening, many of them quietly pecking away on their laptops and phones as the testimony continued. Chairman Carlos Beruff was particularly hostile to occasional applause from the audience at the start, so the crowd -- seemingly dominated by progressive-leaning citizens -- waved green cards when they heard something they liked and a red card for something they disliked.