|Published:||Nov 06, 2012 7:00 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 06, 2012 1:10 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - There are several key points to consider in Amendment 5. Here is a look at the heart of the proposal.
Since 1972, the state of Florida has given the Governor the power to appoint a Supreme Court judge.
When there is an opening on the state's highest court, a judicial nominating committee submits a list of three to six nominees and the Governor makes the final choice.
Amendment 5 would shift that power to the state Senate.
The Governor would still pick a nominee from the list, but, the Senate would be responsible for the nominee's confirmation.
Also, Amendment 5 would give the house full access to files on judges, collected by judicial qualifications commission in their efforts to impeach a justice or judge, even if no charges are ever filed.
Those who support the measure say it adds another layer of accountability to the court system and to Supreme Court appointments.
Those opposed express concern over increased political influence over our court system.
A vote of yes means you would like the constitution changed giving the state Senate the power to confirm state Supreme Court judges.
A vote of no means you do not want the constitution changed and want the system to remain unchanged.
Click here to read clarification of the President's Health Care Act.
Click here to review Amendment 2.
To better understand Amendment 3, click here.
To review Amendment 4, click here.
Click here for clarification on Amendment 6.
For information on Amendment 12, click here.