Fla. Amendment Would Let Outgoing Gov. Appoint Justices

Law360, Miami (March 11, 2014, 9:37 PM EDT) -- A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Florida's next governor to appoint three state Supreme Court justices on his way out was passed by a Florida Senate committee on Tuesday, despite a few legislators' reservations.

The bill, S.J.R. 1188, would allow the next governor to prospectively fill three Florida Supreme Court seats that will open up in 2019, when three justices who are turning 70 in the next few years end their six-year terms. Though the Florida constitution sets 70 as the mandatory retirement age for...
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