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SJR 1188 - Authorizes Governor to Fill Prospective Judicial Vacancies - Florida Key Vote

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Title: Authorizes Governor to Fill Prospective Judicial Vacancies

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a joint resolution that submits a constitutional amendment to the voters authorizing the governor to fill foreseen judicial vacancies through prospective appointments.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes the governor to appoint an individual to fill a prospective vacancy of a judicial office, while the office is still occupied by the judge to be replaced.
  • Specifies that a prospective vacancy occurs when a current judge is ineligible for retention or immediately following a general election when a current judge is not elected for retention, and a vacancy will occur in that judge’s office at the end of their term.
  • Requires the governor to adhere to the following conditions when filling a prospective judicial vacancy:
    • The appointee is selected from a pool of 3 to 6 individuals nominated by the appropriate Judicial Nominating Commission;
    • The nominations by the Judicial Nominating Commission are made within 30 days of the prospective vacancy unless extended by the governor; and
    • The governor’s appointment is made within 60 days after the nominations have been certified to the governor.

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Title: Authorizes Governor to Fill Prospective Judicial Vacancies

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a joint resolution that submits a constitutional amendment to the voters authorizing the governor to fill foreseen judicial vacancies through prospective appointments.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes the governor to appoint an individual to fill a prospective vacancy of a judicial office, while the office is still occupied by the judge to be replaced.
  • Specifies that a prospective vacancy occurs when a current judge is ineligible for retention or immediately following a general election when a current judge is not elected for retention, and a vacancy will occur in that judge’s office at the end of their term.
  • Requires the governor to adhere to the following conditions when filling a prospective judicial vacancy:
    • The appointee is selected from a pool of 3 to 6 individuals nominated by the appropriate Judicial Nominating Commission;
    • The nominations by the Judicial Nominating Commission are made within 30 days of the prospective vacancy unless extended by the governor; and
    • The governor’s appointment is made within 60 days after the nominations have been certified to the governor.

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Title: Authorizes Governor to Fill Prospective Judicial Vacancies

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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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