Hundreds Speak Out At Constitution Revision Commission In Broward

Feb 7, 2018

More than 300 people wanted to have their moment at the microphone during the first public hearing of the amendments up for debate on the state's Constitution Revision Committee (CRC). 

And for six hours on Tuesday afternoon at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, a majority of them got what they wanted. 

For the past 11 months, the 37-person Constitution Revision Committee has traveled around the state on a listening tour to figure out what kind of changes need to be made to the Florida Constitution. 

The CRC has whittled more than 100 proposals down to 37.  

There are amendments up for debate on issues concerning religious freedom to education and vaping in the workplace to victim rights.

 

The left-leaning audience spoke overwhelmingly against restrictions on abortion, state funding for religious schools and offshore drilling.

There were speakers for and against greyhound racing, mandatory E-verify screening for new employees and increased insurance requirements for nursing homes.

Regardless of the proposal, people said they want clear language about what they’re voting for.  “When you read [the propositions], even if you have a college degree, nobody knows what we’re voting for,” said Sharon Saphier Grad, of Margate.

“Is it ‘yes’ or is it ‘no?’ ”

Fifteen of the 37 commissioners attended the meeting.

The next public hearing will be in Melbourne on Monday. The CRC must submit its proposition selections for the ballot by May 10.

In order for the proposed changes to pass, at least 60 percent of voters will have to agree when they go to the polls in November.