By: Jake Stofan | Capitol News Service
April 16, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- Florida's Constitution Revision Commission has approved Marsy's Law for the November ballot.
The constitutional amendment would beef up crime victims' rights in the state constitution, giving them the right to be heard in court proceedings and be notified of key events like bail, sentencing and parole hearings.
The state's constitution includes a brief section on victims' rights, but supporters of Marsy's Law say it doesn't go far enough.
“Florida has a discussion in the constitution, sort of a vague reference in the constitution, to victims' rights that the Legislature sought to implement it by statute. But what we're finding is that the statutes are often ignored,” said Commissioner Tim Cerio.
Six states have adopted Marsy's Law.
The amendment will need 60 percent voter approval in November to be adopted into Florida's constitution.