CRC plans public hearing Tuesday in St. Petersburg

CRC plans public hearing Tuesday in St. Petersburg
Constitution Revision Commission Comes to St. Pete
ST. PETERSBURG — Should we require every Florida business to verify someone is a legal resident before hiring them? Ban betting on greyhound races in Florida? Or bar high-capacity magazines for firearms? Require any state fee or tax increase to receive two-thirds approval by the both chambers of the Legislature?

Floridas Constitution Revision Commission, formed every 20 years to consider changes to the state Constitution, will hold a public hearing in St. Petersburg on Tuesday to hear from Tampa Bay voters. The 37-member commission has narrowed its proposals to 36 actively under consideration to put on the ballot in November.

Based on prior hearings across the state, hundreds of people are likely to show up to weigh in on the 36 proposals. Busloads of residents from Parkland are expected to urge amendments that would enable voters to enact gun control measures that state lawmakers rejected, including a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines.

The public hearing is at USF Petersburgs University Student Center, 200 6th Ave S, Saint Petersburg, and runs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Speakers are limited to one “appearance form” each, distributed at a citizen service desk. Speakers have up to two minutes to speak on behalf of themselves or an organization. Those who dont have time to wait or want to offer more input, can fill out comment cards.

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Constitution Revision Commission Comes to St. Pete TBadmin | March 12, 2018 The Constitution Revision Commission is reviewing Florida’s Constitution. Suggested changes to the state Constitution will go before the voters in November.

ST. PETERSBURG – The Florida Constitution Revision Commission has one last stop on its statewide “road to the ballot box” public hearing tour – St. Petersburg.

The CRC is scheduled to meet from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday (March 13) at the University Student Center on the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg campus, 200 Sixth Ave. S. The meeting is open to the public.

If youd like to speak before the CRC, complete an appearance form and bring your copy to the meeting. Forms will also be available to complete at the meeting location. Appearance forms may not be submitted in advance of a public hearing. More information is available in the Public Hearing FAQ and Preguntas Frecuentes – Audiencias Públicas de la CRC.

Once every 20 years, Florida’s Constitution provides for the creation of a 37-member revision commission for the purpose of reviewing Florida’s Constitution and proposing changes for voter consideration. The CRC meets for about one year, traveling the state of Florida, identifying issues, performing research and possibly recommending changes to the Constitution.

Any amendments proposed by the CRC would be placed on the 2018 General Election ballot. For additional information, go to Go to for additional details on the public hearing and to view information and documents from previous CRC public hearings held in 2018 and 2017.

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