Cannon's court reform tweaks pass house, must go back to Senate

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A package of pared-back court reform measures passed the House on a party-line vote Tuesday, but still has to go through the Senate one more time, reports the News Service of Florida. With little debate, the House okayed a revamped version of the court measure (HB 7111) by an 80-38 margin. House leaders essentially accepted the new constitutional amendment, which no longer divides the Supreme Court into civil and criminal branches, but made several technical changes they say are meant to sharpen the language of the amendment. The move means the Senate will have to take one more vote on the measure before putting it before the voters in the November elections.

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