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HB 5301 — Judges

by Justice Appropriations Subcommittee and Reps. Yarborough and Beltran (SB 7050 by Appropriations Committee)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Rules Committee (RC)

The bill amends s. 26.031, F.S., to establish four new circuit judgeships (one each in the First and Fourteenth Judicial Circuits, and two in the Ninth Judicial Circuit)  and amends s. 34.022, F.S., to add six county judgeships (one in Lee County, one in Orange County and four in Hillsborough County). This bill will result in a cost for FY 2020-2021 of $3,418,513 and 21 full-time equivalent positions (ten judges, ten judicial assistants and one law clerk), with an annual recurring cost of $3,368,134, which is included in the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 General Appropriations Act.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2020.

Vote: Senate 38-0; House 117-0