Week ahead: Mandatory judicial retirement in MI & WA, possibly VA; judicial selection in TN and possibly KS

January 28th, 2013 by Bill Raftery Leave a reply »

Update 1/28/13 @ 4:00 PM: Appears KS Senate will vote on Wednesday

Coming into session

Utah 1/28/2013
North Carolina 1/30/2013

Possible votes

Kansas HCR 5002 (Constitutional Amendment) Ends merit selection in state. Provides governor may select nominees subject to senate confirmation. Provides failure by Senate to vote on candidate within certain time frame results in automatic confirmation. Establishes court of appeals in state constitution (currently created by statute). Approved by House Judiciary Committee 1/24/13.

Virginia SB 740 Increases mandatory judicial retirement age from 70 to 73. Approved by full Senate 1/25/13.

January 28
January 29

Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee

SJR 6 Removes prohibition on judges being elected or appointed after the age of 70.

Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee

SJR 2 (Constitutional Amendment) Provides governor may appoint anyone who meets age and residency requirements to appellate courts with legislative confirmation. Provides nominee is deemed confirmed if legislature fails to act on nomination within 60 calendar days of nomination or 60 days of start of legislative session (if nominated out of session). Provides for retention elections. Previously approved by 2011/2012 legislative session. Must be approved by 2013/2014 session.

Washington State House Judiciary Committee

HB 1266 Extends mandatory retirement age for district court judges only from end of year judge turns 75 to end of term of office judge turns 75.

January 30

Kansas Senate

SB 8 / SCR 1601 Ends merit selection in state. Provides governor may select nominees subject to senate confirmation. Creates Commission on Judicial Nominations to review governor’s pick and make recommendations prior to Senate confirmation. Provides failure by Senate to vote on candidate within certain time frame results in automatic confirmation. Establishes court of appeals in state constitution (currently created by statute). Approved by Senate¬† Judiciary Committee 1/25/13.

January 31
February  1

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