Florida Five: Term limits proposed for judiciary, No more ‘absentee ballot’?

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Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

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Florida House advances term limits proposal for Florida Supreme Court justices, appeals judges — Florida’s Supreme Court justices and District Court of Appeals judges would be limited to two terms in office under a proposed constitutional amendment that gained initial favor from a Florida House committee Tuesday. Rep. John Wood, R-Winter Haven, said term limits for the state’s seven justices and 64 appellate judges would ensure “diversity of legal philosophy,” “enhance the proper role of the judiciary,” and “create a true balance of power” with the Legislature and the governor, which are already subject to term limits. Read more 

Florida to gain another congressional seat from 2020 Census? – Although the nation continues to grow (we’re currently at 321 million), there are no plans in Congress to add to the 435 representatives that constitute the U.S. House of Representatives. That means when the next official U.S. Census is turned in in time for the 2022 congressional elections, certain states will gain representation, and some states will lose that representation, depending on the growth patterns determined in 2020. Read more

House approves own map; is showdown near? – With time winding down, the redistricting ball is back in the Senate’s court, after the House voted 73-47 Tuesday on its own proposal to redraw 40 Senate districts. The House and Senate have until Friday, the scheduled end of the special session, to work out the differences in their maps and avoid another costly stalemate over redrawing political boundaries. Read more

The case to erase ‘absentee ballot’ from Florida’s vocabulary – A renewed effort has begun in the Legislature to eliminate the term “absentee ballot” from Florida laws and replace it with “vote by mail” after a similar proposal died in the 2015 regular session. The bill (SB 112) cleared a Senate budget panel Tuesday. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, said the term “absentee” has been outdated since 1997 when the Legislature dropped a requirement that voters show written justification for requesting an absentee ballot. Read more

Rubio adding a meet-and-greet to Sunshine Summit visit – While he and other Republican presidential candidates are in Orlando next week for the Sunshine Summit, Florida’s U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will hold a meet-and-greet with supporters at the Rosen Shingle Creek. Rubio will be one of 11 Republican presidential candidates speaking at the summit, organized in Orlando by the Republican Party of Florida. Read more

Election Results from around the state:

Orlando elections: Buddy Dyer wins as incumbents sweep City Council races 

New day for Rays? Wheeler-Brown bests Newton for St. Pete City Council 

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine easily defeats opponent; Arriola and Alemán also win

Ground game carries St. Johns sales tax referendum to resounding victory

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