Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CRC Commissioners Continue Sponsorship of Public Proposals and Ideas Regarding the Florida Constitution



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) held its second and final full Commission meeting in which Commissioners could directly sponsor public proposals through the CRC process. Direct sponsorship of public proposals is one of several ways public input is considered through the CRC process. CRC Commissioners have also created their own proposals inspired by ideas submitted by Floridians.


CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff, said, “The CRC has received historic public input. More than 2,000 proposed revisions and thousands of comments were submitted by Floridians. As we review this public input, it clear that Floridians share many similar ideas and interests. In addition to Commissioners who chose to directly sponsor a public proposal, several Commissioners have created their own proposals inspired by public input. Floridians are encouraged to continue reaching out to Commissioners with ideas before October 31, which is the deadline for Commissioners to file proposals to be taken up during the CRC process.”


A summary of public proposals directly sponsored by Commissioners, and proposals created by Commissioners that were inspired by public input, is provided below. Nineteen proposals have been filed by CRC Commissioners to date and are available for review on


Public Proposals Directly Sponsored by CRC Commissioners (6 Total)

Commissioner-Filed Proposals Inspired by Public Input (8 To-date)


Additional Commissioner-Filed Proposals


How to Review Proposals and Public Input







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 Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) meets for approximately 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, visit Follow the CRC on social media @FloridaCRC (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube).


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Legislative Update

Good morning,


Florida Update:

In the Senate Education committee meeting yesterday  SB 4 ( Galvano) and SB 88 (Hukill)were passed unanimously. They will move to the next committee. I sent you the analysis for SB 4 yesterday. The points which are of interest are: an increase of funding to the Academic scholars program and the Merit scholars program for individual students.

SB 88 would add a ½ credit of financial literacy to the high school graduation requirement, reducing the number of electives to 7 ½.


The House Appropriations committee will meet  to receive a report on Florida’s economic outlook.

The House Education committee will hear a report on the progress in the Jefferson County school district since it has been taken over by a private entity.

No Senate Education committee is meeting today.

FEDERAL Education Issues

Please see below, ACTE’s request to push Perkins in the Senate with instructions on how to do so.



Dear Advance CTE Members,

As you may know, the House passed a Perkins reauthorization bill in June (find our summary and analysis online here). We have been urging the Senate to take up reauthorization swiftly, but they have yet to do so! See below for how you can help push for reauthorization (deadline is Friday, 10/12):

  • Representatives Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Thompson (R-PA), the two main co-sponsors of the House Perkins reauthorization bill, are planning to send a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter to the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee leadership encouraging them to take up Perkins reauthorization.
  • Right now, they are asking for their colleagues in the House to join them in signing this letter. 
  • Here's where you come in - by reaching out to your Representatives to encourage them to contact the offices of Representatives Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Thompson (R-PA) to sign on to the letter encouraging Perkins reauthorization.
  • Here's how you can do that (deadline is October 12th): 

  1. Use ACTE’s online Action Center to encourage your Representative to sign on to the letter. If you’d like to call your Representative's office, follow the steps below.
  2. Find out who your representative is:
  3. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to his/her office.
  4. Ask if the Representative can sign on to a letter Representatives Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Thompson (R-PA) are sending to the Senate HELP Committee leadership encouraging that they take up Perkins CTE reauthorization.
  5. If he/she says yes, let them know that the next step is for them to contact either Brian Kaissi in Rep. Krishnamoorthi’s office at or 202-225-3711, or Katie Brown in Rep. Thompson's office at or 202-225-5121 to sign on to the letter and that the deadline to do so is Friday,October 12th.
  6. If he/she has questions you don't know the answer to, don't be afraid to let them know that you will follow up with the information.
  7. If he/she says no, respectfully say thank you for their time.

Please loop back with us with any information or insights you may gain and we'll be sure send around the final letter with signatures when we have it!

Also, please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or if you need assistance as you plan your outreach!

Thank you so much - we truly appreciate your efforts to help push for Perkins reauthorization!



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hurricane Irma

Marsan is stuck at her home with no power and limited cell phone service. Lesley is back in the office today, catching up on communications and cleaning the mild debris from the parking area. We hope you are all safe. We may be slow to respond to emails or calls this week, but we hope to be in full working order by Monday. Thank you for your understanding.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Interim Committee Week - CANCELLED!

Interim Committee Week has been cancelled due to the hurricane.

We will let you know more when we have the information.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Senate voted to over-ride the Governor’s Veto of SB 2500

The Senate voted to over-ride the Governor’s Veto of  SB 2500. Senator Latvala explained that this is a fall back in case the chambers cannot come to agreement on a  new bill and they have an option to vote on 2500 to keep the schools open. Latvala has filed another bill to increase the FEFP by $215 million, however, the Senate does not know from where they will take the money. There has been some discussion to shift the cost back to the school district by increasing the required local effort. Senator Simmons raised the legality about have having two bills dealing with the same subject , but received an inadequate response.

They also voted to expand the scope of the special session contrary to the Governor’s proclamation. The additional bills presented:
4A Medicaid
6A Public Records
8A Medical Use of Marijuana

House is in the Appropriations committee considering 1A which includes Visit Florida, Enterprise Florida and the training grant (available to technical centers).  Bill 1A passed on of the House Appropriations committee.