- Associated Press - Friday, March 10, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court would be forced to explain to the governor, attorney general and legislative leaders why it’s taking so long to rule on certain cases under a bill approved by the Florida House.

The House voted 78-37 on Friday for a bill (HB 301) that’s part of several measures aimed at the state’s court system that the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature is considering this session. It heads to the state Senate.

Republican legislators contended the bill would “shine a little sunlight” on the high court. It would require the court to explain why cases that haven’t been resolved within 180 days after the court first began to consider them.

Democrats opposed to the legislation say it’s unconstitutional and violates the separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branch.

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