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HJR 7111 - Amends the Division of the Florida Supreme Court - Key Vote

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NOTE: AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES THREE-FIFTHS APPROVAL IN EACH CHAMBER FOR PASSAGE. IT MUST THEN BE APPROVED BY SIXTY PERCENT OF CITIZENS VOTING IN THE NEXT ELECTION TO BECOME EFFECTIVE.

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Constitutional Amendment - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (24-11) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends the Division of the Florida Supreme Court

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a joint resolution that submits a constitutional amendment to the voters that revises provisions relating to the Supreme Court.

Highlights:
  • Requires Senate confirmation of all appointments to the Supreme Court.
  • Specifies that if the Senate does not vote on an appointee within 90 days, the individual shall be deemed to be confirmed.
  • Authorizes the legislature to repeal procedural and administrative rules of the Supreme Court by majority vote, whereas existing constitutional provisions require a two-thirds vote.
Constitutional Amendment - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (80-38) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends the Division of the Florida Supreme Court

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and adopt additional amendments to a joint resolution that submits a constitutional amendment to the voters that revises provisions relating to the Supreme Court.

Highlights:
  • Requires Senate confirmation of all appointments to the Supreme Court.
  • Specifies that if the Senate does not vote on an appointee within 90 days, the individual shall be deemed to be confirmed.
  • Authorizes the legislature to repeal procedural and administrative rules of the Supreme Court by majority vote, whereas existing constitutional provisions require a two-thirds vote.
Constitutional Amendment - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (28-11) -
Constitutional Amendment - Amendment Adopted (House) (79-38) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends the Division of the Florida Supreme Court

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a joint resolution that submits a constitutional amendment to the voters that increases the size of the Florida Supreme Court and divides it into civil and criminal divisions.

Highlights:
  • Increases the number of justices of the Supreme Court from 7 justices to 10 justices, and specifies that 5 justices shall serve in the civil division and the remaining 5 shall serve in the criminal division (Sec. 3).
  • Specifies that the chief justice of a division of the Supreme Court shall be designated by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate (Sec. 2).
  • Requires the Supreme Court, upon passage of the constitutional amendment, to rank all of the justices currently in office by seniority in service on the Supreme Court, and specifies that the 3 justices with the most seniority shall be the initial justices assigned to the criminal division, and that the remaining justices shall be the initial justices assigned to the civil division (Sec. 21).
  • Appropriates 2.25 percent of the total general revenue funds appropriated in the general appropriation bill to the judicial branch (Sec. 20).
Constitutional Amendment - Introduced (House) -

Title: Amends the Division of the Florida Supreme Court

Committee Sponsors

Sponsors

  • Eric 'E.' Eisnaugle (FL - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Gary Aubuchon (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Stephen L. Precourt (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Trudi K. Williams (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
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