It isn’t just Florida’s enticing attractions and vast ecological diversity that make this state stand out. Florida is also the only state in the union to have an automatic Constitution Review Commission (CRC) which meets every year. Mary Adkins, a Master Legal Skills Professor at the University of Florida, joins us to discuss her research into the history of Florida’s CRC, and her new book, Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New State Constitution.
Mary is fluent in Floridian. When asked what recommendation she would give to the 2017/18 Commission, she said the following, “the best advice I’ve ever was from a member of the 1997/98 CRC named Carlos Alfonso and here’s what he said… ‘lay your ego at the door, don’t think about your party, and be a Floridian.”
During her time researching the Constitutional Revision Commission, Adkins was exposed to some of Florida’s most influential leaders, but to her, one stands above the rest: Reubin Askew. Askew was Florida’s 37th Governor, and in Adkin’s opinion, restored integrity to the state government during a difficult time period.