Lawmaker takes aim at constitutional challenges
Sen. Kelli Stargel's controversial parental rights for abortions bill will take effect Wednesday.

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The bill seeks to ensure a single court does not effectively have a monopoly over constitutional cases.

After Leon County circuit judges have repeatedly ruled that state laws are unconstitutional, a Senate Republican wants to open the possibility of constitutional challenges being decided in other parts of Florida.

Sen. Kelli Stargel of Lakeland filed a bill (SB 1630) Friday that would lead to the Florida Supreme Court using a “blind, random selection process” to assign constitutional challenges to circuit courts across the state.

Currently, the cases are filed in Leon County, which is home to the Capitol.

But under the proposal, Leon County circuit judges would only hear the cases if assigned through the random selection process.

“It is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that a single trial court does not effectively have a monopoly over cases raising issues of statewide, constitutional importance,” said the bill, filed for the legislative session that starts Tuesday.

Leon County judges recently, for example, have ruled that regulations approved by lawmakers violated a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

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3 comments

  • Charles Brown

    March 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Anytime you can take the Demorat courts out of the decision the state will benefit.

    • sandyo

      March 4, 2019 at 10:06 am

      Nasty! (and I don’t vote Democrat)

  • Peter Harding

    March 2, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Not really, so we are supposed to believe that each district court is not going to rule in their own favors? Repubs have been in power for what ,more than 25 years, so what your really saying is that your are not happy with the way things have been going under their control?

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