Senate Passes Ballot Measure On Court Appointments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — This year’s gubernatorial race could have even greater implications if a proposed constitutional amendment on Supreme Court appointments is also approved.
The Senate voted 26-14 on Thursday to place a question on the fall ballot that could mean an outgoing governor would make appointments to the Supreme Court for vacancies that are created the same day a new governor is sworn in.
That means if Gov. Rick Scott is re-elected, he will be able to fill three vacancies expected to occur as he leaves office in 2019 because of a mandatory retirement age for justices.
Democrats opposed the bill, arguing that if people elect a governor in November, that governor should be the one to appoint the Supreme Court justices for vacancies that begin on inauguration day two months later.
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