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Lawmaker wants to eliminate the Constitutional Revision Commission

A proposed amendment would repeal the commission.
In this June 6, 2017, photo, Florida Constitution Revision Commissioner Brecht Heuchan, right, raises a question about how commissioners are appointed during their meeting at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Listening are commissioners Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, left, and Dr. Pepe Armas. The state's constitution requires that every 20 years a review is done by an appointed commission for possible changes. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)
Published Jan. 14
Updated Jan. 14

A Republican lawmaker wants to eliminate the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, a powerful panel that meets every 20 years and can place proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot.

Rep. Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna, filed a proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 249) and a related bill (HB 251) that would repeal the commission. Drake’s proposal, filed Friday, will be considered during the legislative session that will start March 5.

If approved by lawmakers, the proposal would go on the 2020 ballot because repealing the commission would require changing the state Constitution.

The proposal comes after the commission last year placed seven amendments on the November ballot, with all ultimately passing.

The commission drew controversy and legal challenges, in part, because it lumped together seemingly unrelated issues into single ballot proposals.

The commission is next scheduled to meet in 2037 and 2038.

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