A bill to remove Supreme Court oversight of judicial education programs has cleared its first hurdle in the Florida Senate, passing the Judiciary Committee by a 5-4 vote.  Local St. Petersburg, FL divorce attorney may actually agree with this notion, believe it or not.  SB 748, like its House counterpart, HB 175, would remove the Florida Court Education Council from Supreme Court jurisdiction, create a 17-judge panel to run the program, and cut off most funding for judicial education if any part of the bill is found unconstitutional.  Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, sponsor of the bill and chair of the committee, said the bill was in response to what he saw as skyrocketing administrative costs for judicial education.  He said three court employees worked on judicial education in 2000, and since then as many as 19 have worked on it in succeeding years, although he put the number of current employees at 17.  The question is, what is the vision of a local family law attorney st pete, fl 33716?  Were his or her thoughts considered?

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