ST. PETERSBURG — Should we require every Florida business to verify someone is a legal resident before hiring them? Ban betting on greyhound races in Florida? Or bar high-capacity magazines for firearms? Require any state fee or tax increase to receive two-thirds approval by the both chambers of the Legislature?
Florida's Constitution Revision Commission, formed every 20 years to consider changes to the state Constitution, will hold a public hearing in St. Petersburg on Tuesday to hear from Tampa Bay voters. The 37-member commission has narrowed its proposals to 36 actively under consideration to put on the ballot in November.
Based on prior hearings across the state, hundreds of people are likely to show up to weigh in on the 36 proposals. Busloads of residents from Parkland are expected to urge amendments that would enable voters to enact gun control measures that state lawmakers rejected, including a ban on so-called "assault weapons" and high-capacity magazines.
The public hearing is at USF Petersburg's University Student Center, 200 6th Ave S, Saint Petersburg, and runs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Speakers are limited to one "appearance form" each, distributed at a citizen service desk. Speakers have up to two minutes to speak on behalf of themselves or an organization. Those who don't have time to wait or want to offer more input, can fill out comment cards.