Difference between revisions of "Commission-referred ballot measure"
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Arizona and Florida have commissions with the authority to place statewide measures on the ballot. However, the Arizona commission (the Arizona Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers) only refers statutory measures (not amendments) having to do with salaries for politicians.
Florida's constitution establishes two commissions that can propose amendments to the Florida constitution. The first of these, the Taxation and Budget Reform Committee, convened for the first time in 2007. The second commission, the Constitution Revision Commission, will not convene for the first time until 2017.
Taxation and Budget Reform
Beginning in 2007 and each 20th year thereafter, the state constitution requires establishment of a Taxation and Budget Reform Commission composed of the following members:
- 11 members, who cannot be members of the legislature when appointed, chosen by the Governor
- 7 members chosen by the Speaker of the House
- 7 members, who cannot be members of the legislature when appointed, chosen by the President of the Senate
- 4 non-voting ex officio members, who shall be members of the legislature at the time of appointment. The Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate each choose two of these members, one of which must be a member of the minority party in their chamber.
Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments.
At its first meeting, the members of the commission shall elect its chair from its membership. Thereafter, the commission shall convene at the call of the chair. The chair cannot be a member of the legislature.
The commission is charges with examining the state budgetary process, the state's revenue needs and expenditure processes, the appropriateness of its tax structure, and governmental productivity and efficiency. The commission is instructed to hold public hearings as it deems necessary. A report of its findings and a proposal for any recommended statutory changes to the taxation or budgetary laws is to be issued by the commission to the legislature.
Two-thirds of the full commission must approve any revision of the constitution in order for it to be proposed by the commission. The Taxation and Budget Reform Commission is to file its proposal of a revision of the constitution dealing with taxation or the state budgetary process, if any, not later than 180 days before the general election in the second year following the commission's establishment.
This commission will convene for the first time within 30 days of the convening of the 2017 regular session of the state legislature and will convene each 20th year thereafter.
Each Constitution Revision Commission is charged with examining the state constitution, holding public hearings, and filing its proposal of a revision of the constitution, if any, not later than 180 days before the next general election.
The commission is to consist of 37 members, which will include:
- the Attorney General
- 15 members chosen by the Governor
- 9 members chosen by the Speaker of the House
- 9 members chosen by the President of the Senate
- 3 members selected by the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court (with the advice of the justices)
Governor shall designate one member as commission chair. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments.