The Florida Constitution Revision Commission last met nearly 20 years ago when much of the state's current voting population was either very young or not alive.
Nine amendments - eight of which passed - were placed on the November 1998 ballot by the 1997-1998 revision commission. A restructuring of the state's Cabinet, including the elimination of secretary of state and education commissioner from the elected Cabinet, and the creation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were among the items borne out of the last revision commission.
I was 3 years old then. This is my generation's first opportunity to contribute to the content of our state constitution through this unique revision process.
The Constitution Revision Commission has been likened to a "spring cleaning" by former Florida State University and American Bar Association President Talbot "Sandy" D'Almberte, who chaired the first commission in the late 1970s.
Our state's needs and demographics have changed dramatically over the last 20 years, and the commission presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make adjustments to address the current landscape. Issues raised by the state's young people should be given great consideration. Whatever the outcome, the effects of the revision commission will be felt for years.
Led by FSU's LeRoy Collins Institute, the Partnership for Revising Florida's Constitution is a consortium of academic and not-for-profit groups that hope to bring attention to the revision process. The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida is one of the partners, and it will focus its upcoming student policy summit on the Constitution Revision Commission.