A plan to change the way Connecticut sets judicial salaries has passed its first hurdle (prior coverage here).
Copying much of the language from New York’s relatively new judicial compensation commission, SB 31 would create a commission that would make recommendations every 4 years on judicial salaries that would go into effect automatically unless overridden or altered by the legislature. The automatic nature of the recommendations was the primary concern cited by opponents.
Currently, there is a joint commission (Compensation Commission for Elected State Officers and Judges) that makes nonbinding recommendations to the legislature. That commission would continue, but without jurisdiction over judicial salaries.
The video below is from the March 26 Joint Committee on the Judiciary hearing and vote on the bill. The bill was approved on a 34-8 vote.