Panels to work on amendment process, independence issues

first_img January 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Panels to work on amendment process, independence issues Panels to work on amendment process, independence issues Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The Bar will be taking a careful look at how the state constitution is amended and judicial independence with two new committees approved by the Board of Governors.The board, at its December 10 meeting, approved the recommendation of the Program Evaluation Committee to create the Special Board Committee on Judicial Independence, sought by Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson, and the Special Board Committee to Study the Florida Constitutional Amendment Process, sought by President-elect Alan Bookman.The judicial independence committee will “consider various methods of strengthening Florida’s judiciary and maintaining its independence, including but not limited to possible changes in state constitutional or statutory law,” Johnson said in a memo to the board.“Among specific issues of likely consideration, I would hope that this group would explore potential changes in the composition and appointment of our state’s judicial nominating commissions, money raising options to endorse candidates supporting judicial independence, as well as other reforms.”Johnson said while she hopes the committee can finish its work before her term ends in June, there’s a good chance it will require more time.The chair is board member Jesse Diner, and other members are board members Gwynne Young, vice chair, Ervin Gonzalez, Kim Bald, Jay White, Chris Lombardo, Greg Parker, Henry Latimer, Scott Hawkins, and Mayanne Downs.The action on the constitutional amendment committee came after the board had a discussion at its October meeting about whether the Florida Constitution is being degraded by numerous initiative petitions on topics ranging from gambling to care of pregnant pigs to high-speed rail systems.“It has obviously been a concern to the Bar and the legislative and executive branches,” Bookman said. “We need to study this issue, and we need to see if any changes need to be made.“We need to protect citizens’ right to participate, but the constitution is our founding document and it needs to be protected from unnecessary changes.”As an example, Bookman noted that voters approved in 2000 a constitutional amendment requiring the state to build a bullet train linking major cities, and then repealed it in 2004.He said the committee will likely look at allowing citizens to enact statutes by initiative, something they now cannot do, while making the constitutional amendment process more restrictive. He also said the panel would look at proposed legislation, including two bills already filed in the Senate. One of those would limit citizen amendment initiatives to issues affecting basic human rights, and the other would require a 60 percent passage rate for amendments.The committee, Bookman said, hopefully will work with the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, as well as the public and business interests to seek a common ground.The panel will be chaired by board member Harold Melville. Other members are public member Blair Culpepper, who will be vice chair, and board members Nancy Gregoire, Scott Hawkins, Chris Lombardo, Ross Goodman, Grier Wells, and Larry Sellers. Bookman said he hopes the committee can have its final report by August.last_img read more


Second edition of Accra “Worksout” comes off on Saturday

first_imgThe second edition of the Fitness conscious Ghanaians program dub the “Accra Works out” will come off at the Accra Sports Stadium this Saturday, August 31.The program which will be a monthly event is been put together by Primeval Consult in partnership with the National Sports Authority.The first edition was lauded by many with scores in attendanceThe second edition will draw participants from various Keep Fit Clubs, Corporate bodies and individuals to the multi- purpose court at the Accra Stadium. The program will give an opportunity to members of the corporate world to burn down calories due to their busy work schedules.Speaking to JOY Sports ,CEO of primeval consult Larry Opare is confident all the needed arrangements have been made for a second successful take off. “We want to help those who do not train or exercise frequently to come out and feel the benefits of aerobics and the advantages in visiting gyms to shape their bodies” he said.He thanked the National Sports Authority for the support as well as the sponsors who have thrown their weight behind the initiative. The Accra Workout program is supported by Hisense, Gidi Power, Jubilee Sports, Henkoq Ventures, Lord J Alkaline Water and the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG).The second edition is likely to see some Black Stars players participate ahead of the clash with Zambia in Kumasi upon arrival before Saturdaylast_img read more



first_imgTyrone manager Mickey Harte has praised the influence of Leo McLoone on this current Donegal side ahead of their All-Ireland SFC final against Kerry.Harte believes the Glenties man doesn’t receive enough recognition for how important he is to the Donegal system.Harte told Charlie Collins at the Donegal Daily ‘Up For The Match’ that McLoone was a vital cog in Donegal’s system, and feels he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Harte said, “Leo McLoone is brilliant player, he gets through a mountain of work, and is vitally important to Donegal.“He’s so important to their system, he works so hard, he picks up breaks, he starts attacks, he stops attacks, he’s a super player and doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.Harte pointed to the goals McLoone netted in the earlier rounds of the Ulster Championship.“He took his goals so well against Derry and Antrim, and scored them at crucial stages. “The Derry goal was a huge one and he stepped up to the plate, when they needed it.“They’ll be a lot of speculation on who will start and who won’t start, but he’ll certainly be in the starting line-up on Sunday.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MICKEY HARTE -“LEO MCLOONE IS THE UNSUNG HERO OF DONEGAL” was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLeo McLoonemickey hartenewsSportlast_img read more