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On the first day the state’s Constitution Revision Commission reconvened in full in Tallahassee since last month, the wheels started coming off the bus over “bundling.”

That’s another way to describe the grouping, or combining, of proposed changes. That’s so voters aren’t burdened with a plethora of individual amendments in November.

The issue on Monday was over what should go with what.

Commissioner Robert Martinez started with a motion to unbundle the very first revision of the day, dealing with crime victims’ rights, judicial retirement age and Chevron deference (if you don’t know, don’t ask).

That move ultimately failed, and the “bundle” was OK’d for the ballot as is.

The issue came up again with Revision 3, which combines term limits for school board members, ‘civic literacy’ education, and charter school approvals. A similar move also failed, and that amendment too was approved for the ballot.

The combinations were done by the commission’s Style and Drafting committee. Chair Brecht Heuchan was on the hot seat early and often about his panel’s decision making.

We’ll boil down what felt like hours of debate for you: Opinions on particular groupings are like a particular body part — everybody has one.

“Do I want civic literacy and (have to) give up local control of my schools? No,” said Commissioner Arthenia Joyner, a former Senate Democratic leader. “ … Why is this even before us? It does not belong in the Constitution.”

But the good news is, the panel had decided to finish all its business on the same day, even though it was scheduled to meet through next Friday. It was still meeting as of 6:45 p.m.


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