From Mary Ellen Klas of Tampa Bay Times, 09/12/2016:

Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry notified Gov. Rick Scott on Monday that he will retire from the court Dec. 30, as required by law, formally setting in motion the opportunity for the governor to make a coveted pick to the state’s highest court. …

Perry’s retirement is the first opportunity Scott will have to name a justice to the moderate court that has vexed Republicans during his term on issues ranging from redistricting, abortion and workers compensation to declaring that the Republican-controlled Florida House violated state law when it adjourned early in protest over a budget dispute over the Affordable Care Act.