Voters will have a chance to decide whether an outgoing governor should appoint vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court that open at the same time a new governor is sworn in.
The House voted 73-45 to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot to give outgoing governors power to appoint justices during the transition to a new governor.
If it passes and Gov. Rick Scott is re-elected, it would mean he will 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.