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Senate passes Supreme Court overhaul — without expansion plan

Senate passes Supreme Court overhaul — without expansion plan
By Janet Zink, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
The Miami Herald | May 2, 2011

A move to reshape the state Supreme Court ran into political opposition among Democrats and Republicans who removed the controversial part of the bill.

TALLAHASSEE — The Senate handed House Speaker Dean Cannon a partial victory Monday in his effort to overhaul the Florida Supreme Court but only after stripping out the most controversial measure.

Cannon wanted to expand the court from seven to 10 justices and create two five-member divisions, one for civil cases and one for criminal, allowing Republican Gov. Rick Scott to fill the vacancies.

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