Senate Committee Passes Florida Courts Overhaul Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A measure that complements the Florida
House's bill overhauling the state courts has cleared the Senate
Budget committee.

The committee voted up a resolution (SJR 2084) with an amendment that matches the House bill.

Committee members' comments suggested the measure was a
trade-off to get the House to agree on a state budget.

The courts overhaul is pushed by House Speaker Dean Cannon. It
includes splitting the Supreme Court into separate divisions to
handle civil and criminal appeals and increasing the number of
justices from 7 to 10.

Many of the changes require constitutional revisions that ultimately have to be approved by 60 percent of voters on the November 2012 ballot.

Critics continue to oppose the plan by saying it is unneeded and
intrudes on the judiciary's independence.

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


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