topic: 2017-2018 florida Constitution Revision Commission

The 2017 Future of Florida Summit, held from Feb. 10 to Feb. 12 on the University of Florida campus and sponsored by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, will focus on the upcoming 2017-2018 Florida Constitution Revision Commission. Students from any Florida college or university - public or private - are invited to apply to attend.

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission has more influence than most Floridians realize, and many don't even know it exists. Commissioned every 20 years, this group of appointed members will have the power to put constitutional changes directly on the November 2018 ballot. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the revision process and the history of Florida's constitution from the state's leading scholars on the topic and members of past Constitution Revision Commissions.

This type of revision process is unique to Florida, providing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to directly influence the contents of Florida's constitution. Invited students will draft constitutional amendments, which will then be submitted to the 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission.

To find more information about the Constitution Revision Commission, click here.

university of florida campus

Friday, february 10

5 p.m. | Pugh Hall

Welcome remarks

  • Former Florida Governor and United States Senator Bob Graham

5:30 p.m. | Pugh Hall

Dinner

6:30 p.m. | Pugh Hall

History of Florida's constitution, the Constitution Revision Commission and the Partnership for Revising Florida's Constitution 

  • University of Central Florida Professor Aubrey Jewett
  • University of Florida College of Law Professor Mary Adkins
  • Florida State University Professor and Director of the LeRoy Collins Institute Carol Weissert

9 p.m. | Pugh Hall

Networking social 

Saturday, February 11

7:30 a.m. | Pugh Hall

Breakfast

9 a.m. | Reitz Union Rooms 3315 and 3320

Breakout Sessions: Education (3315) and Elections (3320)

Education

  • Member of the 1997-1998 Constitution Revision Commission Robert Brochin
  • Florida State Board of Education Member Gary Chartrand
  • Alachua County School Board Member and President-Elect of the Florida School Boards Association April Griffin

Elections

  • University of South Florida Professor Susan MacManus
  • University of Florida Professor Daniel Smith
  • Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David Stafford
  • Florida State University Professor and Director of the LeRoy Collins Institute Carol Weissert

11:15 a.m. | Reitz Union Rion Ballroom

Lunch

  • University of Florida Provost Joseph Glover
  • Former United States Representative Gwen Graham

1 p.m. | Reitz Union Rooms 3315 and 3320

Breakout Sessions: Environment (3315) and Judiciary (3320)

Environment

  • Past President of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association and the Florida Solar Education and Research Foundation David Bessette
  • Former Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan
  • Member of the 1997-1998 Constitution Revision Commission Clay Henderson

Judiciary

  • Former Florida Attorney General and Member of the 1997-1998 Constitution Revision Commission Bob Butterworth
  • Former Speaker of the Florida House, Member of the 1997-1998 Constitution Revision Commission and University of Florida College of Law Dean Emeritus Jon Mills
  • Former Florida Supreme Court Justice James Perry
  • Florida State Representative Sean Shaw

3:30 p.m. | Reitz Union Rion Ballroom

Amendment Drafting Workshop

Facilitator 

  • Former Speaker of the Florida House, Member of the 1997-1998 Constitution Revision Commission and University of Florida College of Law Dean Emeritus Jon Mills

Assisting

  • Member of the 1997-1998 Constitution Revision Commission Robert Brochin
  • Member of the 1997-1998 Constitution Revision Commission Clay Henderson
  • Director of Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute Richard Mullaney
  • Florida State Representative Sean Shaw

6:30 p.m. | Reitz Union Rion Ballroom

Dinner

  • University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean David Richardson

7:30 p.m. | Pugh Hall

Group work time 

Sunday, february 12

7:30 a.m. | Pugh Hall

Breakfast 

8:30 a.m. | Pugh Hall

Amendment presentations by student groups

Judges

  • University of Florida College of Law Professor Mary Adkins
  • Member of the 1997-1998 Constitution Revision Commission Clay Henderson
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy Christopher Emmanuel Florida
  • University of South Florida Professor Susan MacManus
  • Director of Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute Richard Mullaney
  • State Representative Sean Shaw

11 a.m. | Pugh Hall

Awards ceremony and closing remarks 

Participants will learn

Event information

Costs

Meals and hotel accommodations will be provided by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. Students are only responsible for travel costs and incidentals.

Location

The event is located in Pugh Hall at the University of Florida. It is centrally located and easily accessible by car and foot.

time

The conference is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017. Check-in will begin at 3 p.m. in Pugh Hall. The event will conclude at noon on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

Speakers

Distinguished scholars, government officials and Florida leaders

Applications for the summit are closed

Application questions should be directed to the Bob Graham Center for Public Service's TJ Pyche at tpyche@ufl.edu