Senate moves to draft constitution streamlining bill Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The legislative project to streamline the Florida Constitution has begun. The Senate Judiciary Committee recently ordered a bill drafted to correct 297 typographical, grammatical, and style errors, as well as remove outdated or unconstitutional sections – and to make the section governing the treatment of pregnant pigs into a statute.At the same time, the House Judiciary Committee heard from state constitutional experts as chair Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said the House panel will follow the Senate committee’s lead.Both committees met January 25 during a legislative committee week in Tallahassee, and were scheduled to meet again early this month, after this News went to press.Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Daniel Webster, R-Orlando, who initiated the constitutional review process, repeated his goal is to streamline the constitution and perhaps remove some provisions to the statute book that don’t belong in the state’s basic charter. He insisted he does not want to make any policy changes, even if he disagrees with those policies.“My motivation is not to change issues that are there; my motivation is to make the constitution a real constitution and fix 297 errors,” he said.Webster noted he had unanimous committee support for drafting an amendment that would remove the constitutional provision on the treatment of pregnant pigs and make that a statute. Doing so in the first draft of the streamlining bill will create the template if committee members agree there are other parts of the constitution that should be shifted to the statutes, he said.The committee vote came after a presentation by Thomas C. Cibula, a senior attorney with the Judiciary Committee, on the constitution.Included was a delineation of 297 misspellings, grammatical errors, punctuation errors, and sections which no longer had any relevance or had been declared unconstitutional. The latter included language about how past amendments were to be phased in or implemented but has now been rendered meaningless because the amendments are fully effective, and a section on term limits for Florida’s U.S. representatives and senators that has been declared unconstitutional.Cibula said the committee may also want to examine transferring what are considered “statutory”-type provisions in the constitution into state law. He noted that last November voters approved three amendments relating to medical malpractice suits and doctors; an amendment raising the minimum wage in the state; and an amendment allowing the use of slot machines, with local voter approval, in two counties. Other amendments passed in earlier years include the fishing net ban and ban on indoor smoking, he said.Cibula also said the committee may want to look at constitutional provisions that are unlikely to be utilized. As an example, he cited the 1998 amendment allowing counties and circuits to opt out of electing county and circuit judges and go to a pure merit selection and retention system. (The Florida Bar supported that amendment.) The amendment provided for a referendum in 2000 on switching to merit selection and retention for trial judges, which failed throughout the state. Cibula said it would take a petition signed by 10 percent of the voters who cast ballots in the most recent presidential election to have another local referendum on merit selection.That’s higher than the 8 percent requirement for initiative petitions, Cibula said, adding, “This may be one of those provisions that will never be implemented and as a result may not need to be in the constitution.”He said the constitution still contains references to local judgeships and rights of dower and curtesy which have been abolished by the legislature. There is also a provision in Art. V that provides that sections of Art. V contained in the state’s 1885 constitution, but not included in the new Art. V — but not inconsistent with its provisions — shall become statutes. Those provisions, Cibula said, have never fully been identified and have never been codified into Florida Statutes, although they have been held to have the force of law.Sen. Steven Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, said he was concerned that some citizen rights, such as the right to privacy spelled out in Art. I, might be seen as a statutory- type provision suitable for deletion from the constitution.But Webster said privacy is a fundamental right that is properly in the constitution. “I have no intention of doing anything to the right of privacy,” he said. “If you look at the definition of what the constitution is, it delineates the rights of people, and that [privacy] is one of them,”Webster is also open to the statutory status of any provisions voters approved making into law. He said the change could be accompanied by a provision that those laws could not be amended for three years, or that it would require a three-fifths or even unanimous vote of the legislature to change them or that they could be amended by a simple majority vote. Senate moves to draft constitution streamlining bill February 15, 2006 Regular News
The Greensburg Boys Track & Field team traveled to Decatur Central on Friday to compete in the annual Joe Schott Twilight Invitational. Along with the Pirates and host Hawks, other schools competing were: Brownsburg, Warren Central, Covenant Christian, Herron, Shelbyville, & Greenfield-Central.5th Place-4 x 800 M Relay (Hunter Butz, Nick Zapfe, Kole Stephens, & Jonathon Ralston) (9:12.75); Hunter Butz- 800M (2:09.88); Collin Springmeyer- 110H (16.60).6th Place-Joey Woods- 100M (11.94); Daimon Austin- Long Jump (18’4 ¾”); Matt Boone- Shot (43’7”).Courtesy of Pirates Coach Shawn Ruble.The Lady Pirates Track and Field team travelled to Indianapolis Friday evening to compete in the Annual Joe Schott Twilight Invitational. The Greensburg Girls placed 5th overall with 49 total points. Ben Davis won the event with 157.5, 2nd Brownsburg (124. 5), 3rd Greenfield Central (95), 4th Shelbyville (61), 6th Decatur Central (37), 7th Covenant Christian (35), and 8th Herron (23).Lily Grimes was the highest scorer for the Lady Pirates as the Champion in both the shot put event and the discus throw. Grimes threw an incredible series in shot put with all her throws over 42′ and winning the event with her best toss of the night 43’4″. In the discus event Grimes threw a new personal record which was just 2″ shy of the school record. Grimes was crowned the 2019 Joe Schott Invite Champion with a throw of 131’3″ which makes her the 2nd best thrower in Lady Pirate history. Debbie Heger leads the all time list since 1991 with a throw of 131’5″.Freshman Emily Mangels also had a big night with two personal best times in the 1600 and the 800. Mangels placed 2nd in the 800 in 2:41.85 and 4th in the 1600 with 5:52.87. She also lead the 3200m Relay team to a Runner Up Championship in 11:15.19 with teammates Sophie Nobbe, Emma Hatton and Emma Wilmer.The 400m Relay team and the 1600m Relay team also placed well during the night with two 5th place finishes. Hilary Ernstes, Kayla Haycock, Koregan Kidd, and Mary West ran a 56.40 in the 4 x 100 while Mangels, Hatton, Ernstes, and Haycock clocked in 4:41.43 in the 4 x 400. Another highlight of the evening was Ernstes running a career best in the open 400 with 1:08.75.The Lady Pirates will compete again at home this Tuesday against Connersville and New Castle.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Katina Tekulve.
Basic pay award expectations for quarter one of 2019 have increased from 2% to 2.5% in the private sector, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Adecco Group; this is the highest recorded figure since the research’s inception in 2012.The Labour market outlook report, which surveyed 1,254 employers, also found that in the public sector, basic pay award expectations for quarter one have fallen from 2% to 1.1%.Jon Boys, labour market economist at the CIPD, said: “While the private sector is more willing to spend money in response to recruitment and retention challenges, the public sector’s hands are tied. Employers will need to think far more creatively about how they attract, develop and retain their staff to boost both skills and productivity.”For 42% of those employers that expect to increase pay by 2% or more, inflation is the driving factor, while 38% cite the need to align with the growing rate of pay elsewhere.Two-thirds (66%) of private sector employers have increased starting salaries in response to recruitment challenges; this is more than the 56% of employers that did this in quarter four of 2018. In comparison, 27% of public sector organisations are taking this approach, a decrease from the 43% recorded as doing this in the summer of 2018.A further 62% of private sector respondents and 34% of public sector employers are raising overall salaries to tackle retention pressures. However, 43% believe it is too hard to tell how pay will change or that this would depend on organisational performance.Boys added: “If we’re to see a sustained improvement to pay, we must look at what is preventing individuals from being more productive at work. If we can improve how managers train, develop and apply peoples’ skills at work, our businesses will be much more productive. Productivity is 22% lower than it would have been if the pre-financial crisis trend had continued. As a result, pay growth is woefully behind.”Alex Fleming, country head and president of staffing and solutions at the Adecco Group UK and Ireland, said: “Raising wages to attract or retain staff is certainly one option and a short-term fix, but the employers that will excel in our current environment will be the ones that think more holistically about their talent strategies.“Organisations that identify the skills and traits they need to prosper, streamlining their processes for attracting talent and building an environment that allows talent to thrive, will be the ones [that] succeed.”