Florida Senate passage of plan to split supreme court “rests on a knife’s edge”; Lt. Gov. cannot break tie

News reports this morning indicate that the effort to split the Florida Supreme Court may be unraveling in the Senate. FlaglerLive.com Proposal to Split Florida Supreme Court Faces Long Odds in the Senate “The fate of House Speaker Dean Cannon’s overhaul of the Supreme Court seemed to rest on a knife’s edge Thursday evening” MiamiHerald.com … Continue reading Florida Senate passage of plan to split supreme court “rests on a knife’s edge”; Lt. Gov. cannot break tie

Florida Senate likely to vote tomorrow on splitting state’s supreme court. If approved, when will it get on the ballot? Could only Republicans wind up voting on it?

All indications are SJR 2084, the Senate version of HJR 7111, which would split the Florida Supreme Court into civil and criminal divisions is set for a vote tomorrow, having been placed on the special order calendar along with SB 2170, the bill to remove the state bar’s role in judicial nominating commissions. Under Article … Continue reading Florida Senate likely to vote tomorrow on splitting state’s supreme court. If approved, when will it get on the ballot? Could only Republicans wind up voting on it?

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

Florida: Seven House bills affecting courts “special ordered” to the floor for Thursday April 14

The Florida House Rules Committee yesterday specially directed some bills to the House floor, including several that I’ve been tracking lately. Among them: HJR 7111 (click here for blog post giving details) HB 7119, HB 7101, and HB 7199 (click here for blog post giving details) Additional judiciary related bills potentially up on Thursday as … Continue reading Florida: Seven House bills affecting courts “special ordered” to the floor for Thursday April 14

Florida House Judiciary Committee to take up nine bills that would reshape the state’s judicial branch

I’ve noted several bills that have been pressed by Florida’s House Speaker and their prior hearing dates, including March 17 (see here), along with delays on the Senate side on their versions (see here). Tomorrow, April 7 may proveĀ a fateful day for such efforts. Among the bills on the committee’s agenda: HJR 1097, a constitutional … Continue reading Florida House Judiciary Committee to take up nine bills that would reshape the state’s judicial branch