House cuts Supremes staff attorneys in halfby Dara Kam | March 31st, 2011
It’s no secret House Speaker Dean Cannon is no fan of the Florida Supreme Court. He’s pushing a proposal that would split the court into two and require Senate confirmation of justices, appointed by the governor.
Now, Cannon, R-Winter Park, is going after the seven judges’ staff attorneys.
The House budget cuts the number of attorneys by nearly half – from 30 to 14, a savings of about $1.1 million.
Supreme Court staff say the proposed cuts will slow down the court’s ability to hear cases.
The House also doesn’t include any money for the Innocence Commission, a priority of Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island. The commission is investigating wrongful convictions in Florida. The Senate’s allocated just under $250,000 for the project.
And the House’s spending plan is also missing the $3.6 million the Senate spends to reduce court caseloads statewide.