Judges

The Republican-led, law-and-order Legislature refused to hire 35 new judges requested earlier this year by the Florida Supreme Court. The new hires would have cost just $10 million from a more than $72 billion  budget.

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Tallahassee's First District Court of Appeal court heard arguments Friday about whether a seat on the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Northeast Florida should be filled by voters or appointed by Gov. Rick Scott. Jacksonville attorney David Trotti brought the case against the state.

Trotti filed and qualified to run for the seat left vacant by retiring Chief Judge Donald Maron. Trotti says Maron announced a change to his original intended resignation date, leaving a brief vacancy.

Capital Report: 03-13-2014

Mar 13, 2014

A fight over pharmacy staffing levels may be cooling down under a proposed compromise in the Florida Senate. But as Lynn Hatter reports, whether the deal sticks is another issue entirely.

Lawmakers in the Florida House are considering a plan that would let citizens hold all the cards when it comes to changing Florida gaming law. Regan McCarthy reports that’s one part of the House proposal for a Florida gaming overhaul.

It’s About Florida: Merit Retention

Jun 7, 2012

The Florida Bar is reminding voters that a number of judges will be on the ballot in the coming election. The Bar says many citizens don’t know they have a voice in whether judges and the state’s supreme court justices stay behind the bench and Sean Desmond, President of the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division, says that’s partly because they can’t campaign.

Host: Trimmel Gomes

Guests: Sean Desmond, President of the Young Lawyers Division for The Florida Bar.

Capital Report: 03-07-2012

Mar 7, 2012

Florida lawmakers say a sluggish economy forced them to slash spending on health care and the state university system. They say a nearly $2 billion shortfall forced them to reassess priorities and eliminate about a thousand state jobs. However, James Call reports, lawmakers were able to find millions of dollars for members’ hometown projects.