What exactly is the Florida Constitution Revision Commission?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) - Five point four million people have moved to Florida since the last time the Constitution Revision Commission met in 1997.

A survey by the Florida Bar shows eight in 10 Floridians have never heard of it.

"I have not got the slightest clue," said Willie Mitchell, a retired postal worker.

What make the commission so powerful and one of a kind is that any changes it proposes go directly to the 2018 Ballot.

So far, the 37-member commission made up of political insiders has filed 80 ideas for consideration. They range from automatically restoring felons' rights to weakening the privacy amendment which gives added protections to a woman's right to choose.

During the previous two times the CRC put proposals on the ballot, the results were mixed.

In 1978, eight proposals from the commission all went down in flames. Twenty years later, Voters approved eight of nine amendments.

"We don't know what this revision commission will put forward, something that's significant or not," said Sandy D'Alemberte, the FSU President Emeritus.

Sandy D'Alemberte has been involved with the revision process since it was first created in 1968.

"We ought to pay attention, because the potential for good and evil is really quite great," said D'Alemberte.

Under new CRC rules, 22 of the 37 members must agree to send a proposal to voters.