Yesterday, the Missouri House Special Standing Committee on Judicial Reform approved SJR 51. As previously noted, this constitutional amendment would:
- Increase the number of individuals that the Appellate Judicial Commission nominates for vacancies in the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals from three to four
- Replace the Supreme Court member who currently serves as commission chair with additional person chosen by Governor
- Allows Supreme Court to appoint a former Supreme Court or Court of Appeals judge to serve as a nonvoting member of the commission if the former judge has not been removed for cause or failed to be retained in a retention election
- Provides members appointed by the Governor no longer must be non-bar members
- Provides appointed members will serve terms of four years, staggered so that a Governor will appoint two when taking office and two during the middle of his or her term.
That bill is now before the House Rules Committee, which next meets today (May 8th) at 4 PM.
The other piece of activity of note is HB 1534. This bill would prohibit judges and other public officers/employees from enforcing federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It further declares any U.S. government employee who attempts to enforce law is guilty of class A misdemeanor. It was approved by the full House April 19 and is set for a hearing before the Senate General Laws Committee on tomorrow May 9.