New Hampshire House votes to keep the state’s Supreme Court in constitution; 47 Republicans vote to remove it

An idea, popular among Republican presidential candidates, is to simply delete or remove from statute the court(s) that issue opinions that they disagree with. A similar effort was put in place in New Hampshire with respect to their Supreme and Superior (main trial) Courts. Under CACR 25, a 1966 constitutional amendment that specifically named the Supreme and Superior Courts in the state’s constitution would be eliminated, allowing the legislature to end the existence of the courts by statute (HB 1131 would set up a committee to work out the details on that).

In debate on the House floor on February 1, 2012 proponents argued that the 1966 put too much power into the hands of the judiciary, “fractured the balance of power” between the branches and that the supreme court was a “super power”, not a co-equal branch. Proponents argued that it would “subordinate” the judiciary to the legislature.

The video below is from the floor debate on CACR 25. The final vote was 251 in favor, 47 opposed (all Republicans).

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