April 13, 2018

New Letter to CRC Chair Blasts Grouping of Proposals

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

The Florida Policy Institute joined the League of Women Voters Florida and a number of other groups in urging Carlos Beruff, chair of the state Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), to unbundle the 12 revisions — initially 24 separate proposals — recommended by the CRC Style and Drafting Committee.

The letter pointed out that in 1998, during the last CRC, commissioners were provided the opportunity to take a final vote on each individual proposal before they were grouped.

One particular revision, the bundling of three education proposals, was blasted by signatories as “an attempt to expand charter schools while hiding the proposal behind civics education and school board term limits.”

Click here to view the full letter.

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