Senate bill no longer keeps Florida Bar out of JNC process

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A new version of a bill overhauling judicial nominating commissions (SB 2170) would no longer cut the Florida Bar out of the naming of members to the JNCs, reports the News Service of Florida. Under current law, the Bar recommends candidates to the governor for four of the seats on each JNC; the other five members on each panel are appointed solely by the governor. The new bill would have given the attorney general the authority to recommend candidates for the Bar’s four slots. The Senate Rules Committee, which approved the new measure, did keep language in the bill that would essentially reboot the commissions by dropping all the current members and allowing for a new round of selections. The bill now goes to the Senate floor.

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