Florida Senate - 2011 SENATOR AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 2170 Barcode 649060 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . Floor: WD/2R . 05/04/2011 04:20 PM . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Senator Thrasher moved the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 43.291, Florida Statutes, is repealed. 6 Section 2. Section 43.292, Florida Statutes, is created to 7 read: 8 43.292 Judicial nominating commissions.— 9 (1) Each judicial nominating commission established 10 pursuant to s. 11(d), Art. V of the State Constitution shall 11 consist of seven members appointed by the Governor, each of whom 12 must be a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the 13 commission to which the member is appointed. At least four 14 members shall be members in good standing of The Florida Bar who 15 are actively engaged in the practice of law. The Governor shall 16 name the chair and vice chair of each judicial nominating 17 commission. The members of a judicial nominating commission may 18 elect from their number a temporary chair to serve if the 19 appointed chair and vice chair are unable to attend a meeting of 20 the commission. 21 (2) A justice or judge may not be a member of a judicial 22 nominating commission. A member of a judicial nominating 23 commission may hold public office other than judicial office. A 24 member of a judicial nominating commission is not eligible for 25 appointment, during his or her term of office and for a period 26 of 2 years thereafter, to any state judicial office for which 27 that commission has the authority to make nominations. All acts 28 of a judicial nominating commission must be made with a 29 concurrence of a majority of its members. 30 (3) All members shall be appointed for a term to end 31 concurrent with the term to which the Governor was elected. The 32 terms of all members shall be concurrent, and the terms may 33 commence at any time following the inauguration of the Governor 34 as a result of a general election. If a member is unable to 35 complete his or her term, the Governor shall appoint another 36 qualified individual to fill the remainder of that member's 37 term. All terms shall end at midnight on the evening prior to 38 the day of the next inauguration of a Governor following a 39 general election. 40 (4) In making appointments, the Governor shall seek to 41 ensure that, to the extent possible, the membership of the 42 judicial nominating commission reflects the racial, ethnic, and 43 gender diversity and geographic distribution of the population 44 within the territorial jurisdiction of the court for which 45 nominations will be considered. The Governor shall also consider 46 the adequacy of representation of each county within the 47 judicial circuit. 48 (5) A member of a judicial nominating commission may be 49 suspended for cause by the Governor pursuant to uniform rules of 50 procedure established by the Executive Office of the Governor 51 consistent with s. 7, Art. IV of the State Constitution. 52 (6) A quorum of the judicial nominating commission is 53 necessary to take any action or transact any business. For 54 purposes of this section, a quorum consists of a majority of 55 members currently appointed. 56 (7) The Executive Office of the Governor shall provide all 57 administrative support for each judicial nominating commission. 58 Section 3. The office of any member of any judicial 59 nominating commission appointed pursuant to former s. 43.291, 60 Florida Statutes, prior to the effective date of this act is 61 abolished upon the effective date of this act and is replaced by 62 those offices created pursuant to s. 43.292(1), Florida 63 Statutes, as created by this act. Any member of a judicial 64 nominating commission who will not complete a 4-year term 65 because of the enactment of s. 43.292, Florida Statutes, may be 66 reappointed by the Governor. 67 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law 68 69 70 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 71 And the title is amended as follows: 72 Delete everything before the enacting clause 73 and insert: 74 A bill to be entitled 75 An act relating to judicial nominating commissions; 76 repealing s. 43.291, F.S., relating to judicial 77 nominating commissions; creating s. 43.292, F.S.; 78 providing for judicial nominating commissions; 79 specifying membership and composition; providing for 80 appointment of members by the Governor; providing for 81 terms; requiring the Governor to consider racial, 82 ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity in making 83 appointments; providing for suspension of a member of 84 a judicial nominating commission; establishing a 85 quorum; providing for administrative support; 86 abolishing prior offices; permitting reappointment of 87 former officeholders; providing an effective date.