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Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Arrive early. Times & order of appearance are tentative and subject to change with no notice. Cases may be postponed due to exigent circumstances.

Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

Florida Department of State v. Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches

SC10-1375

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9:00

This case involves a challenge to Amendment 7, which state lawmakers placed on the November ballot. This proposed constitutional measure deals with how the Legislature redraws the boundaries for its own districts and congressional districts. Critics, including the state NAACP, argued the ballot title and summary were misleading. A trial judge agreed and ruled Amendment 7 must be removed from the ballot. The state appealed to the First District Court of Appeal, which asked this Court to take the case.

Statewide impact

Dawn K. Roberts v. Brian K. Doyle

SC10-1508

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Approx. 9:40
This case involves a challenge to Amendment 3, which state lawmakers placed on the November ballot. This proposed constitutional measure would provide a temporary additional homestead exemption on recently purchased homesteads for people who have not owned a principal residence for eight years. Mr. Doyle and others argued the ballot title and summary were misleading. A trial judge agreed and ruled Amendment 3 must be removed from the ballot. The state appealed to the First District Court of Appeal, which then asked this Court to take the case.
Statewide impact

Florida Department of State v. Mona Mangat

SC10-1527

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Approx. 10:30
This case involves a challenge to Amendment 9, which state lawmakers placed on the November ballot. This proposed constitutional measure deals with health care rights. Ms. Mangat and other critics challenged the wording of the ballot summary. The state argued the trial court could place the text of the amendment itself on the ballot instead of the summary. A trial judge ruled the summary was misleading and that it could not be replaced on the ballot by the amendment. The state appealed to the First District Court of Appeal, which asked this Court to take the case.
Statewide impact