Carlos Beruff

Groups demand more sunshine for Constitution Revision Commission

A coalition of left-leaning organizations and unions is decrying a decision by Constitution Revision Commission Chairman Carlos Beruff to hold a meeting of the full panel next week to vote on rules for the once-every-20-years overhaul of the state’s basic law.

A working group that had been named to make changes to the rules and propose them to the full CRC spent hours working on the document last week but only got about a third of the way through the assignment. So commission Chairman Carlos Beruff announced Friday in a letter that the entire commission will meet in Orlando and essentially start over with the initial draft.

“Your new plan for adopting rules undermines the work and recommendations of the Rules Working Group and it causes us to question whether your real motivation is to facilitate an end run around conclusions reached by a supermajority of the Group because those conclusions were not to your liking,” the coalition, which includes Florida branches of the ACLU, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and others, including Florida unions representing teachers and government workers.

The CRC should go back to the two-decade-old rules under which the last commission operated, suggested the group, which also includes Progress Florida, Mi Familia Vota, the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, and Florida Strong.

Read the full letter here.