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Constitutional review panel cancels committee week

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Citing Hurricane Irma, Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Chairman Carlos Beruff has canceled the body’s first committee week that was scheduled for Sept. 18-19.

Beruff also said he was asking the commission’s Rules and Administration committee to reconsider the proposed Sept. 22 public filing deadline for amendments.

A new commission is selected and meets every 20 years to review and suggest amendments to the state’s governing document. Both public submissions and those from commissioners can be filed and considered.

“As Floridians recover and rebuild following Hurricane Irma, the CRC has canceled its first committee week (that) included a meeting of the full Commission,” said Beruff, a Manatee County-based homebuilder who was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott.

“The CRC will also reevaluate its public proposal filing deadline to help ensure that Floridians interested in the process can remain focused on their families during this time,” Beruff added. “Until a new deadline is recommended by the CRC Rules and Administration Committee, and approved by the full Commission, we will continue to accept all proposed constitutional amendments filed by Floridians.

“CRC business scheduled for the canceled committee week will be taken up during future meetings.”

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