TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

This year's gubernatorial race could have even greater implications if a proposed constitutional amendment on Supreme Court appointments is also approved.

The Senate voted 26-14 on Thursday to place a question on the fall ballot that could mean an outgoing governor would make appointments to the Supreme Court for vacancies that are created the same day a new governor is sworn in.

That means if Gov. Rick Scott is re-elected, he will be able to fill three vacancies expected to occur as he leaves office in 2019 because of a mandatory retirement age for justices.

Democrats opposed the bill, arguing that if people elect a governor in November, that governor should be the one to appoint the Supreme Court justices for vacancies that begin on inauguration day two months later.
AP-WF-04-03-14 1736GMT