March 27, 2017
The Constitution Revision Commission, which convenes every 20 years to suggest changes to the Florida Constitution, held its first meeting on Monday, March 20. Any proposed constitutional amendments recommended by the commission will go on the ballot for the November 2018 elections and would require approval from 60 percent of voters to pass. Of the 37 members on the commission, Governor Rick Scott appointed 15 members and named Carlos Beruff, a businessman and former candidate for U.S. Senate, the chairman. Both Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran had nine appointees each. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga named three members. Attorney General Pam Bondi is an automatic member of the panel.
September 19, 2016
In keeping with its mission to educate and inform Catholics and assist the faithful with their responsibility to participate in political life, the FCCB has released its 2016 presidential voter guide, "Know the Positions of the Presidential Candidates."
August 9, 2016
To assist voters prior to casting their August 30 primary election ballots, the FCCB has released parish bulletin inserts and candidate responses to the Candidate Questionnaire Project (CQP). Candidates were asked whether they support or oppose eight proposals that lawmakers may have the opportunity to act on in the coming term.
April 14, 2016
The FCCB has updated its election and political guidelines for the 2016 elections. Approved by the bishops of Florida, this guide for pastors and parishes is intended to encourage Catholic clergy and laity to facilitate the involvement of their faith communities in appropriate election related activities.
February 26, 2016
The right to vote carries with it a responsibility to study and know the candidates. As citizens of faith, we are led to question how each candidate if elected will address issues that protect or threaten the dignity of every human life. There are moral and ethical dimensions to every public policy.
November 12, 2015
As both Catholics and citizens of the United States, the lay faithful are called to discipleship in the world of politics. Both Pope Francis and the U.S. Bishops have reminded us of this duty. As the U.S. Bishops write in their statement Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, “In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”
September 29, 2015
The Florida Department of State has launched an online voter education campaign designed to communicate the importance of participating in the electoral process and help voters prepare for the 2016 elections, which begin with the March 15 presidential primaries.