Uncertainty looms at the Florida Supreme Court as three judges near retirement at the same time Gov. Rick Scott leaves office in January 2019. Who will pick the three vacant spots on the court: Gov. Scott or his successor? The decision may change the balance between conservative and liberal members of the court.  

Unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, there’s a term limit for justices on Florida’s Supreme Court. Reportedly, Gov. Scott plans to make his judicial decisions during the final hours of his last day. According to sources, his plan is to stack the court with  conservative judges, a move that the opposition groups argue can change the balance of the court for decades.

The League of Women Voters Florida and government watchdog group Common Cause are challenging the governor’s power to appoint the three new justices. 

Mary Ellen Klas, the Miami Herald’s Tallahassee bureau chief, talks about the peculiarities of this situation and the possible impact on the state’s highest court.

Also on Sundial: The 2017 Hurricane season is officially over, a season that was far from average. Harvey, Irma, Maria- these were infamous names for people living mainly in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Countless families are still recovering from the damage caused by the severe and constant storms.  

The first named storm, Arlene, developed in April, almost two months earlier than  the official June 1 start date, hinting that 2017 was not going to be a typical year for hurricanes. Seventeen storms formed, 10 of them became hurricanes and six developed into major-systems, which included two Category 5 storms and four that made landfall in the U.S and its territories. This season was the costliest on record with approximately $386 billions in damages.

Dennis Feltgen, meteorologist and spokesperson for the National Hurricane Center, recaps the 2017 season

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