Week ahead: changing merit selection for IN & TN; e-courts in MI; NV tries for 4th time to get an IAC; ending the Philadelphia Traffic Court

Coming into session

Oklahoma 2/4/2013
Oregon 2/4/2013
Nevada 2/4/2013
Alabama 2/5/2013

February 4
February 5

Nevada Senate Judiciary Committee

SJR 14  Creates intermediate appellate court. (Approved by 2011 Legislature. Must be approved by 2013 legislature to appear on ballot.)

Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee

HB 1060 Provides “Any court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative agency ruling or decision shall violate the public policy of this state and be void and unenforceable if the court, arbitration, tribunal, or administrative agency bases its rulings or decisions in the matter at issue in whole or in part on any law, legal code or system that would not grant the parties affected by the ruling or decision the same fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges granted under the U.S. and Oklahoma Constitutions, including but not limited to due process, freedom of religion, speech, or press, and any right of privacy or marriage as specifically defined by the Constitution of this state”

Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 333 (Constitutional Amendment) Eliminates Traffic Court of Philadelphia

SB 334 Eliminates Traffic Court of Philadelphia

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.

February 6

Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 103 Provides that the nonattorney members of the judicial nominating commission shall be appointed by the governor from a list of recommended candidates submitted by the president pro tempore of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the minority leader of the senate, and the minority leader of the house of representatives.

SB 124 Removes mandatory retirement age for supreme court and court of appeals judges.

February 7

Michigan House Judiciary Committee

HB 4064 Allows for use of digital court records and electronically filing of court papers.

February 8