Under threat of holding up state budget, Florida Senate Budget Committee advances supreme court splitting proposal

While the Senate Judiciary Committee was busy changing the way the state’s merit selection system was operating, the Senate Budget Committee was taking the bulk of HJR 7111 (see here) that would divide the state’s supreme court into civil and criminal divisions and amending it into a bill SJR 2084, which originally would have expanded the legislature’s ability to change or repeal rules adopted by the Supreme Court. The Speaker had previously threatened to hold up the state’s budget if this and other bills he advocate changing the courts were not adopted by the Senate. The passage of this bill in particular was cited as a Senate “olive branch” to the House Speaker.