Amending the Florida Constitution
- Florida's Constitution establishes rules and basic rights
- Ballot amendments are changes to the Constitution
- In order for an amendment to be adopted, it must be approved by 60% of the vote for that amendment.
Every 20 years a group of 37 people are appointed to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) to review and recommend changes to the Florida Constitution. The commission comprises 15 members appointed by the Governor of Florida, 9 members chosen by the House Speaker, 9 members chosen by the Senate President, 3 members picked by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Florida Attorney General is an automatic member. The appointees to the 2017-2018 CRC can be found on www.revisefl.com.
This legislative session the CRC will begin their work. There will be public hearings throughout the state that Florida residents can attend. Some of the topics in consideration this year are transportation, education, natural resources, crime & justice, representation, healthcare and youth, elderly & the underserved.
Once the CRC has heard opinions from the public and has recommended proposals, those proposals will be placed on the ballot in the November 2018 General Election for citizens to vote on.