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FLORIDA CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS // AMENDMENTS 2, 3

They meet every 20 years to propose ideas that can literally change how Florida governs.

Should the Cabinet be restructured?

Should judges be appointed or elected?

Should it be harder for the public to put constitutional amendments on election ballots?

Almost anything goes for the Constitution Revision Commission.

Amendment 2 asks whether the 37-member commission should convene in 1997, a year earlier than scheduled. It also asks whether the commission should be allowed to discuss ideas related to taxation and the state budget.

Commission recommendations are placed on general election ballots for voter approval. Voters rejected all of the 1977 commission's proposals.

If Amendment 3 is approved, judicial nominating commissions would recommend three to six people to fill court vacancies. Administrative changes would be made to the agency that disciplines judges, the Judicial Qualifications Commission. And, judges would face a wider range of sanctions if found guilty of misconduct.

_ SEBASTIAN DORTCH

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