March 29, 2017

Crowd comes out for 1st Florida constitution hearing at UCF [Orlando Sentinel]

Steven Lemongello writes:

“A spirited, standing-room-only crowd came out to the University of Central Florida on Wednesday night for the first public hearing of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission in 20 years, asking almost as many questions about how the process is going to work as they did about policies they wanted changed.

The CRC, chaired by former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff, was kicking off months of such meetings around the state over the next few months, hearing from residents about issues ranging from restoring voting rights to felons to creating open primaries to the importance of home rule.

Joe Pennisi, executive director of the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], said he was pleased by the crowd and hoped to see an even bigger one when the commission returns to the Orlando area in autumn, as Beruff promised.

‘There’s a lovely arena across the street that has incredible capacity,’ Pennisi said of the CFE arena. ‘And I hope that when you return in the fall, you fill the place.'”


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