Week ahead: TN looks at judicial discipline, GA may expand protections for judges & court employees, WV considers way to pay for public financing of judicial campaigns

Legislatures Coming Into Session

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Committee Activity of Note

February 20

West Virginia House Judiciary Committee

HB 4016 Provides sources of revenue for the Supreme Court of Appeals Public Campaign Financing Fund. Requires a $2 million transfer from the Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Trust Fund to the financing fund. Requires attorneys to pay additional fees to the state bar. Requires plaintiffs to pay additional fees when a civil action is filed. Provides for the collection and deposit of the $2 million and additional fees into the financing fund. Creates fair administration of justice fee of $10 or $20 in civil actions.

February 21

Tennessee House Judiciary Committee

HB 2935 Abolishes the court of judiciary. Creates 16-member board of judicial conduct. Changes the burden of proof to investigate a judge to probable cause that misconduct occurred from substantial likelihood that it did.

Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 2671 Abolishes the court of judiciary. Creates 16-member board of judicial conduct. Changes the burden of proof to investigate a judge to probable cause that misconduct occurred from substantial likelihood that it did.

February 22

Georgia House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee

HB 541 Includes in crime of obstruction of public administration threatening or intimidating a law enforcement officer, public official, or other person relating to such person’s involvement in a judicial proceeding.

HB 997 Provides for the new crime of false lien statements against public officers, including all judges, or public employees, including every person employed by the judicial branch.

February 23

South Carolina House Judiciary Committee, Constitutional Laws Subcommittee

HB 4128 Requires all courts “In any case or controversy involving the enforcement of a debt…specifically enforce payment in gold or silver coin, or both.”

February 24

Montana Law and Justice Committee (interim committee)

Review of Supreme Court Rules of Procedure

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