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Vote Smart Florida: easy-to-read information on Florida's constitutional amendment process.
Proposed Constitutional Amendments - Florida Division of Elections
Know your Florida constitutional amendments - St. Petersburg Times
AOL Search - florida constitutional amendment

Media coverage

Maligned tax proposal rising from the ashes, Fred Grimm, Miami Herald, 03/25/08

Miami-Dade voters may have to choose between lowering property taxes and education, Miami SunPost, 03/27/08 (See #50)

Don't trust this gang with our state's future, BY CARL HIAASEN, Miami Herald, 03/30/08
Taxation and Budget Reform Commission votes to put vouchers on ballot (See #20, 40)


Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission 2008


Member proposals

Proposals 1 - 10

Proposal:
RLE Replacement/Sales Tax
Proposal number:
**CP0002** (Adobe PDF - 208kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0002 Staff Analysis
Committee Substitute(s)
CS/CP0002 (Adobe PDF - 28kb)
CS/CP0002, First Engrossed
(Adobe PDF - 28kb)
Committee Substitute Staff Analysis:
CS/CP0002 Staff Analysis
(Adobe PDF - 196kb)
CS/CP0002, First Engrossed Staff Analysis (Adobe PDF - 216kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing the creation of new sections of the State Constitution to mandate the repeal of exemptions and exclusions from sales tax and to use those new sources of revenue to replace revenues from ad valorem taxation to fund education.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner John McKay, Commissioner Darryl Rouson, Commissioner Les Miller, Commissioner Patricia Levesque, Commissioner Carlos Lacasa, Commissioner Nancy Riley, Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Commissioner Ken Wilkinson
Committee of reference:
Governmental Procedures and Structure Committee, Finance & Taxation Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported favorably as amended out of Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee and the Finance & Taxation Committee. Favorable as amended by Taxation & Budget Reform Commission, now in Style & Drafting Committee.

Proposal:
Collective Bargaining for Public Employees
Proposal number:
**CP0010** (Adobe PDF - 84kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing the creation of a new Section 20 of Article III of the State Constitution to prohibit the enactment of laws affecting or impacting issues that are a mandatory subject of collective bargaining for public employees.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee
Committee of reference:
Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee, Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee

Proposals 11 - 20



Proposal:
Blaine Amendment
Proposal number:
**CP0020** (Adobe PDF - 113kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0020 Staff Analysis
Committee Substitute(s)
CS/CP0020 (Adobe PDF - 16kb)
Committee Substitute Staff Analysis:
CS/CP0020 Staff Analysis
(Adobe PDF - 212kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing an amendment to Section 3 of Article I of the State Constitution to repeal a limit on the use of public revenues in aid of religious organizations and entities, and to prohibit individuals and entities from being barred from participating in public programs because of their religion.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Patricia Levesque
Committee of reference:
Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported Favorably out of the Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee. Favorable by Taxation & Budget Reform Commission, now in Style & Drafting Committee.

Proposals 21 - 30

Proposal:
Property Tax Exemptions for Non-resident Property Owners
Proposal number:
**CP0023** (Adobe PDF - 60kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0023 Staff Analysis
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing an amendment to Section 3 of Article VII and the creation of a new section in Article XII of the State Constitution to provide for a property tax exemption on residential property owned by non-resident property owners.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Gwen Margolis
Committee of reference:
Finance & Taxation Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Temporarily Postponed by the Finance & Taxation Committee

Proposal:
Requiring Sixty-Five Percent Classroom Instruction
Proposal number:
**CP0026** (Adobe PDF - 84kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0026 Staff Analysis
Committee Substitute(s)
CS/CP0026 (Adobe PDF - 16kb)
Committee Substitute Staff Analysis
CS/CP0026 Staff Analysis
(Adobe PDF - 132kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing the creation of Section 8 of Article IX and a new section in Article XII of the State Constitution to require sixty-five percent of school district funding to be spend on classroom instruction, rather than on administration.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Greg Turbeville
Committees of reference:
Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee, Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported favorably out of the Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee and the Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee.

Proposal:
Establishment of Future TBRCs/Repeal GETF
Proposal number:
**CP0027** (Adobe PDF - 584kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0027 Staff Analysis
Committee Substitute(s)
CS/CP0027 (Adobe PDF - 32kb)
Committee Substitute Staff Analysis
CS/CP0027 Staff Analysis
(Adobe PDF - 160kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing the creation of Section 19 of Article III and Section 6 of Article XI of the State Constitution to change the timing and increase the frequency of the establishment of future Taxation and Budget Reform Commissions.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Mike Hogan
Committees of reference:
Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee, Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported Favorably as Amended out of the Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee and the Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee.

Proposal:
Gambling Funds for Education
Proposal number:
**CP0028** (Adobe PDF - 144kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing the creation of Section 8 of Article IX and the creation of a new section in Article XII of the State Constitution to require a minimum level of funding for the public education system from the General Revenue Fund and to provide for certain gambling revenues to supplement education funding from the General Revenue Fund.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Sandy D´┐ŻAlemberte
Committees of reference:
Governmental Services Committee, Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee, Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee

Proposal:
Class Size Limits
Proposal number:
**CP0030** (Adobe PDF - 260kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0030 Staff Analysis
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing an amendment to Section 1 of Article IX of the State Constitution to make the class size limitations applicable to school averages and to create limited flexibility in the number of students assigned to each teacher.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Governmental Services Committee
Committees of reference:
Governmental Services Committee, Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported favorably out of the Governmental Services Committee and the Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee. Failed at Taxation & Budget Reform Commission. Vote to Reconsider at Future Meeting Passed at Taxation & Budget Reform Commission. Temporarily Postponed by Taxation & Budget Reform Commission.

Proposals 31 - 40

Proposal:
Local Option Tax for Community Colleges
Proposal number:
**CP0035** (Adobe PDF - 16kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0035 Staff Analysis
Proposal subject:
A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 9 of Article VII of the State Constitution to require the Legislature to authorize local option taxes to supplement funding for public community colleges.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Governmental Services Committee
Committees of reference:
Governmental Services Committee, Finance and Taxation Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported favorably out of the Governmental Services Committee and the Finance & Taxation Committee.

Proposal:
Public Funding for All Service Providers
Proposal number:
**CP0040** (Adobe PDF - 16kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0040 Staff Analysis
Committee Substitute(s)
CS/CP0040 (Adobe PDF - 20kb)
Committee Substitute Staff Analysis
CS/CP0040 Staff Analysis
(Adobe PDF - 216kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing the creation of Section 27 of Article I of the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature to fund private or religious providers of public services, such as health care and education, and to authorize the public to choose among such service providers as permitted by law.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Governmental Procedures and Structure Committee
Committees of reference:
Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee, Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported favorably out of the Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee and the Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee. Temporarily Postponed by the Taxation & Budget Reform Commission.

Proposals 41 - 50

Proposal:
Reduction of Appropriations/Veto Authority
Proposal number:
**CP0047** (Adobe PDF - 20kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing an amendment to Section 8 of Article III of the State Constitution to permit the Governor to reduce any item of appropriations in a bill presented to the Governor for approval and to authorize the Legislature to restore the appropriations upon a supermajority vote of each house of the Legislature.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Greg Turbeville
Committees of reference:
Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee, Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee

Proposal:
Elimination of RLE Property Taxes for Education
Proposal number:
**CP0050** (Adobe PDF - 22kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0050 Staff Analysis
Committee Substitute(s)
CS/CP0050 (Adobe PDF - 44kb)
Committee Substitute Staff Analysis
CS/CP0050 Staff Analysis
(Adobe PDF - 172kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing an amendment to Section 9 and the creation of Section 19 of Article VII of the State Constitution to limit the ability of the Legislature to require school districts to levy an ad valorem tax as a condition for eligibility for state revenues, to require the replacement of required local effort, and to reduce the maximum millage rate for ad valorem taxation for school purposes.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Patricia Levesque
Committee of reference:
Finance and Taxation Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported favorably as amended out of the Finance & Taxation Committee. Temporarily Postponed by Taxation & Budget Reform Commission.

Constitutional authority


Florida Constitution

ARTICLE XI AMENDMENTS

SECTION 6. Taxation and budget reform commission.--
(a) Beginning in 2007 and each twentieth year thereafter, there shall be established a taxation and budget reform commission composed of the following members:
(1) eleven members selected by the governor, none of whom shall be a member of the legislature at the time of appointment.
(2) seven members selected by the speaker of the house of representatives and seven members selected by the president of the senate, none of whom shall be a member of the legislature at the time of appointment.
(3) four non-voting ex officio members, all of whom shall be members of the legislature at the time of appointment. Two of these members, one of whom shall be a member of the minority party in the house of representatives, shall be selected by the speaker of the house of representatives, and two of these members, one of whom shall be a member of the minority party in the senate, shall be selected by the president of the senate.
(b) Vacancies in the membership of the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments.
(c) At its initial meeting, the members of the commission shall elect a member who is not a member of the legislature to serve as chair and the commission shall adopt its rules of procedure. Thereafter, the commission shall convene at the call of the chair. An affirmative vote of two thirds of the full commission shall be necessary for any revision of this constitution or any part of it to be proposed by the commission.
(d) The commission shall examine the state budgetary process, the revenue needs and expenditure processes of the state, the appropriateness of the tax structure of the state, and governmental productivity and efficiency; review policy as it relates to the ability of state and local government to tax and adequately fund governmental operations and capital facilities required to meet the state's needs during the next twenty year period; determine methods favored by the citizens of the state to fund the needs of the state, including alternative methods for raising sufficient revenues for the needs of the state; determine measures that could be instituted to effectively gather funds from existing tax sources; examine constitutional limitations on taxation and expenditures at the state and local level; and review the state's comprehensive planning, budgeting and needs assessment processes to determine whether the resulting information adequately supports a strategic decisionmaking process.
(e) The commission shall hold public hearings as it deems necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this section. The commission shall issue a report of the results of the review carried out, and propose to the legislature any recommended statutory changes related to the taxation or budgetary laws of the state. Not later than one hundred eighty days prior to the general election in the second year following the year in which the commission is established, the commission shall file with the custodian of state records its proposal, if any, of a revision of this constitution or any part of it dealing with taxation or the state budgetary process.
History.--Added, H.J.R. 1616, 1988; adopted 1988; Ams. proposed by Constitution Revision Commission, Revision Nos. 8 and 13, 1998, filed with the Secretary of State May 5, 1998; adopted 1998.

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Table of contents

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Media coverage
Member proposals
Constitutional authority

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Media coverage


Maligned tax proposal rising from the ashes, Fred Grimm, Miami Herald, 03/25/08

Miami-Dade voters may have to choose between lowering property taxes and education, Miami SunPost, 03/27/08 (See #50)

Don't trust this gang with our state's future, BY CARL HIAASEN, Miami Herald, 03/30/08
Taxation and Budget Reform Commission votes to put vouchers on ballot (See #20, 40)

Member proposals


Proposals 1 - 10

Proposal:
RLE Replacement/Sales Tax
Proposal number:
**CP0002** (Adobe PDF - 208kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0002 Staff Analysis
Committee Substitute(s)
CS/CP0002 (Adobe PDF - 28kb)
CS/CP0002, First Engrossed
(Adobe PDF - 28kb)
Committee Substitute Staff Analysis:
CS/CP0002 Staff Analysis
(Adobe PDF - 196kb)
CS/CP0002, First Engrossed Staff Analysis (Adobe PDF - 216kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing the creation of new sections of the State Constitution to mandate the repeal of exemptions and exclusions from sales tax and to use those new sources of revenue to replace revenues from ad valorem taxation to fund education.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner John McKay, Commissioner Darryl Rouson, Commissioner Les Miller, Commissioner Patricia Levesque, Commissioner Carlos Lacasa, Commissioner Nancy Riley, Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Commissioner Ken Wilkinson
Committee of reference:
Governmental Procedures and Structure Committee, Finance & Taxation Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported favorably as amended out of Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee and the Finance & Taxation Committee. Favorable as amended by Taxation & Budget Reform Commission, now in Style & Drafting Committee.

Proposal:
Collective Bargaining for Public Employees
Proposal number:
**CP0010** (Adobe PDF - 84kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing the creation of a new Section 20 of Article III of the State Constitution to prohibit the enactment of laws affecting or impacting issues that are a mandatory subject of collective bargaining for public employees.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee
Committee of reference:
Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee, Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee

Proposals 11 - 20



Proposal:
Blaine Amendment
Proposal number:
**CP0020** (Adobe PDF - 113kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0020 Staff Analysis
Committee Substitute(s)
CS/CP0020 (Adobe PDF - 16kb)
Committee Substitute Staff Analysis:
CS/CP0020 Staff Analysis
(Adobe PDF - 212kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing an amendment to Section 3 of Article I of the State Constitution to repeal a limit on the use of public revenues in aid of religious organizations and entities, and to prohibit individuals and entities from being barred from participating in public programs because of their religion.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Patricia Levesque
Committee of reference:
Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported Favorably out of the Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee. Favorable by Taxation & Budget Reform Commission, now in Style & Drafting Committee.

Proposals 21 - 30

Proposal:
Property Tax Exemptions for Non-resident Property Owners
Proposal number:
**CP0023** (Adobe PDF - 60kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0023 Staff Analysis
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing an amendment to Section 3 of Article VII and the creation of a new section in Article XII of the State Constitution to provide for a property tax exemption on residential property owned by non-resident property owners.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Gwen Margolis
Committee of reference:
Finance & Taxation Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Temporarily Postponed by the Finance & Taxation Committee

Proposal:
Requiring Sixty-Five Percent Classroom Instruction
Proposal number:
**CP0026** (Adobe PDF - 84kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0026 Staff Analysis
Committee Substitute(s)
CS/CP0026 (Adobe PDF - 16kb)
Committee Substitute Staff Analysis
CS/CP0026 Staff Analysis
(Adobe PDF - 132kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing the creation of Section 8 of Article IX and a new section in Article XII of the State Constitution to require sixty-five percent of school district funding to be spend on classroom instruction, rather than on administration.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Greg Turbeville
Committees of reference:
Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee, Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported favorably out of the Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee and the Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee.

Proposal:
Establishment of Future TBRCs/Repeal GETF
Proposal number:
**CP0027** (Adobe PDF - 584kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0027 Staff Analysis
Committee Substitute(s)
CS/CP0027 (Adobe PDF - 32kb)
Committee Substitute Staff Analysis
CS/CP0027 Staff Analysis
(Adobe PDF - 160kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing the creation of Section 19 of Article III and Section 6 of Article XI of the State Constitution to change the timing and increase the frequency of the establishment of future Taxation and Budget Reform Commissions.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Mike Hogan
Committees of reference:
Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee, Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported Favorably as Amended out of the Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee and the Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee.

Proposal:
Gambling Funds for Education
Proposal number:
**CP0028** (Adobe PDF - 144kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing the creation of Section 8 of Article IX and the creation of a new section in Article XII of the State Constitution to require a minimum level of funding for the public education system from the General Revenue Fund and to provide for certain gambling revenues to supplement education funding from the General Revenue Fund.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Sandy D´┐ŻAlemberte
Committees of reference:
Governmental Services Committee, Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee, Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee

Proposal:
Class Size Limits
Proposal number:
**CP0030** (Adobe PDF - 260kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0030 Staff Analysis
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing an amendment to Section 1 of Article IX of the State Constitution to make the class size limitations applicable to school averages and to create limited flexibility in the number of students assigned to each teacher.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Governmental Services Committee
Committees of reference:
Governmental Services Committee, Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported favorably out of the Governmental Services Committee and the Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee. Failed at Taxation & Budget Reform Commission. Vote to Reconsider at Future Meeting Passed at Taxation & Budget Reform Commission. Temporarily Postponed by Taxation & Budget Reform Commission.

Proposals 31 - 40

Proposal:
Local Option Tax for Community Colleges
Proposal number:
**CP0035** (Adobe PDF - 16kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0035 Staff Analysis
Proposal subject:
A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 9 of Article VII of the State Constitution to require the Legislature to authorize local option taxes to supplement funding for public community colleges.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Governmental Services Committee
Committees of reference:
Governmental Services Committee, Finance and Taxation Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported favorably out of the Governmental Services Committee and the Finance & Taxation Committee.

Proposal:
Public Funding for All Service Providers
Proposal number:
**CP0040** (Adobe PDF - 16kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0040 Staff Analysis
Committee Substitute(s)
CS/CP0040 (Adobe PDF - 20kb)
Committee Substitute Staff Analysis
CS/CP0040 Staff Analysis
(Adobe PDF - 216kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing the creation of Section 27 of Article I of the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature to fund private or religious providers of public services, such as health care and education, and to authorize the public to choose among such service providers as permitted by law.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Governmental Procedures and Structure Committee
Committees of reference:
Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee, Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported favorably out of the Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee and the Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee. Temporarily Postponed by the Taxation & Budget Reform Commission.

Proposals 41 - 50

Proposal:
Reduction of Appropriations/Veto Authority
Proposal number:
**CP0047** (Adobe PDF - 20kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing an amendment to Section 8 of Article III of the State Constitution to permit the Governor to reduce any item of appropriations in a bill presented to the Governor for approval and to authorize the Legislature to restore the appropriations upon a supermajority vote of each house of the Legislature.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Greg Turbeville
Committees of reference:
Planning & Budgetary Processes Committee, Governmental Procedures & Structure Committee

Proposal:
Elimination of RLE Property Taxes for Education
Proposal number:
**CP0050** (Adobe PDF - 22kb)
Staff Analysis:
CP0050 Staff Analysis
Committee Substitute(s)
CS/CP0050 (Adobe PDF - 44kb)
Committee Substitute Staff Analysis
CS/CP0050 Staff Analysis
(Adobe PDF - 172kb)
Proposal subject:
A resolution proposing an amendment to Section 9 and the creation of Section 19 of Article VII of the State Constitution to limit the ability of the Legislature to require school districts to levy an ad valorem tax as a condition for eligibility for state revenues, to require the replacement of required local effort, and to reduce the maximum millage rate for ad valorem taxation for school purposes.
Proposal type:
Constitutional Proposal
Proposal sponsor:
Commissioner Patricia Levesque
Committee of reference:
Finance and Taxation Committee
Action by Committee(s) of Reference:
Reported favorably as amended out of the Finance & Taxation Committee. Temporarily Postponed by Taxation & Budget Reform Commission.

Constitutional authority


Florida Constitution

ARTICLE XI AMENDMENTS

SECTION 6. Taxation and budget reform commission.--
(a) Beginning in 2007 and each twentieth year thereafter, there shall be established a taxation and budget reform commission composed of the following members:
(1) eleven members selected by the governor, none of whom shall be a member of the legislature at the time of appointment.
(2) seven members selected by the speaker of the house of representatives and seven members selected by the president of the senate, none of whom shall be a member of the legislature at the time of appointment.
(3) four non-voting ex officio members, all of whom shall be members of the legislature at the time of appointment. Two of these members, one of whom shall be a member of the minority party in the house of representatives, shall be selected by the speaker of the house of representatives, and two of these members, one of whom shall be a member of the minority party in the senate, shall be selected by the president of the senate.
(b) Vacancies in the membership of the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments.
(c) At its initial meeting, the members of the commission shall elect a member who is not a member of the legislature to serve as chair and the commission shall adopt its rules of procedure. Thereafter, the commission shall convene at the call of the chair. An affirmative vote of two thirds of the full commission shall be necessary for any revision of this constitution or any part of it to be proposed by the commission.
(d) The commission shall examine the state budgetary process, the revenue needs and expenditure processes of the state, the appropriateness of the tax structure of the state, and governmental productivity and efficiency; review policy as it relates to the ability of state and local government to tax and adequately fund governmental operations and capital facilities required to meet the state's needs during the next twenty year period; determine methods favored by the citizens of the state to fund the needs of the state, including alternative methods for raising sufficient revenues for the needs of the state; determine measures that could be instituted to effectively gather funds from existing tax sources; examine constitutional limitations on taxation and expenditures at the state and local level; and review the state's comprehensive planning, budgeting and needs assessment processes to determine whether the resulting information adequately supports a strategic decisionmaking process.
(e) The commission shall hold public hearings as it deems necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this section. The commission shall issue a report of the results of the review carried out, and propose to the legislature any recommended statutory changes related to the taxation or budgetary laws of the state. Not later than one hundred eighty days prior to the general election in the second year following the year in which the commission is established, the commission shall file with the custodian of state records its proposal, if any, of a revision of this constitution or any part of it dealing with taxation or the state budgetary process.
History.--Added, H.J.R. 1616, 1988; adopted 1988; Ams. proposed by Constitution Revision Commission, Revision Nos. 8 and 13, 1998, filed with the Secretary of State May 5, 1998; adopted 1998.

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