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Florida Groups Encourage Residents to Help Revise State Constitution

Posted: 9:11 AM, Oct 28, 2015
Updated: 2015-10-28 13:11:00Z
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TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- A group of Florida organizations is encouraging residents to get involved in updating the state's constitution.

Florida's constitution gets revised every 20 years by a special commission that looks at changes voters want.

The Leroy Collins Institute announced Tuesday a partnership of 18 groups tasked with educating the public on how to get involved.

In the last revision in 1998, the commission proposed nine amendments to the constitution. Voters passed eight of them.

The next revision starts in 2018, but the Institute says now is the time to begin thinking about change.

"This is an opportunity for citizens to say to the commission, 'These are issues we really think are important. These should be in the constitution,''" said Carol Weissert, director of the Leroy Collins Institute. "The commission can put things directly on the ballot, and then they will be voted on in 2018."

The partnership is hosting a kick-off event Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. at the Turnbull Conference Center.