Florida Senate Rejects Major Overhaul of State Courts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - The Florida Senate has gutted a
proposed court-system overhaul that came from the House and removed a change that divided the state Supreme Court into separate
divisions for civil and criminal appeals.

A late-filed amendment by Sen. David Simmons on Monday also
removed a requirement that the judicial system get a minimum of
2.25 percent of general revenue funding.

The measure as amended still would require Senate confirmation
of new Supreme Court justices.

The bill (HJR 7111) was approved by senators 28-11 and goes back
to the House.

The courts overhaul had been pushed by House Speaker Dean
Cannon. The changes require constitutional revisions that still
have to be approved by 60 percent of voters on the November 2012
ballot.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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