Yesterday, the NAACP Florida State Conference submitted five comprehensive recommendations for consideration by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. The proposals included:
• Recognizing high quality education as a fundamental right – This proposed amendment will make a high quality public education a fundamental right for all citizens of the state of Florida. The implementation of public education as a fundamental right will take effect one year after enactment of this proposed amendment.
• Making the right to vote a fundamental right – This proposed amendment clarifies the right to cast a vote, and to have that vote recorded and shall be a fundamental right for all citizens of the State of Florida who have attained the age of eighteen and are not currently serving a court sentence for a felony conviction at the time the vote is cast.
• Abolishing the death penalty – This proposed amendment abolishes the death penalty. All those currently awaiting imposition of the death penalty sentences will have their sentences modified to at most a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
• Facilitating clemency – This proposed amendment allows the governor to grant clemency, upon his own independent judgment and without the necessity of support by two cabinet members, where justice, fairness, or fiscal responsibility requires.
• $15.00 minimum wage – This proposed amendment increases the Florida minimum wage covering all employees in the state covered by the federal minimum wage. The state minimum wage will start at $15.00 per hour six months after enactment, and thereafter be indexed to inflation each year.
“Our recommendations are sensible and reflect the desires of our members and communities around the state from Pensacola to Key West. We encourage all Floridians to view our detailed recommendations by visiting our website and joining us to encourage the commission to support these ideas that could bring much needed change to our state,” says Adora Obi Nweze, President of NAACP Florida State Conference and member of the National Board of Directors.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. For more information on the NAACP Florida State Conference, please visit www.FLNAACP.com or email info@FLNAACP.com.