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April 11, 2017

Advocacy groups renews questions about Constitution Revision process and rules [Miami Herald]

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Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald writes:

“A group of voter advocacy and left-leaning activists groups have renewed calls to the chair of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission to conduct a transparent rules process and address concerns about favorable treatment some speakers at public hearings appear to be getting.

In a letter to CRC Chair Carlos Beruff on Monday, the groups said their top concern is ‘that the Commission is operating without rules and has not provided the public with any information about how it intends to go about adopting rules.’ It noted that the commission has failed to post on its website a March 24 letter to commissioner in which Beruff laid out what his spokesperson calls an ‘informal’ process for establishing a rules committee to present proposed rules.

The groups include the American Civil Liberties Union, AFSCME Florida, Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, Florida Education Association, Common Cause Florida, Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], Florida Strong, For Our Future, League of Women Voters Florida and Progress Florida.

The advocacy group also asked Beruff why some speakers were allowed to leapfrog before others at the hearings, particularly in Boca Raton.

‘Although you have announced that speakers will be called in the order they sign in, it is obvious to those of us who were present and those watching the live stream that sign in time was not always determinative of speaker order,’ they wrote. ‘The earlier arriving speakers who tried to call this inequity to your attention were rudely rebuffed.'”

Read more on miamiherald.com

View the advocacy group’s letter to Chairman Beruff

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