Week ahead: Mandatory judicial retirement in AR & HI, merit selection and nonpartisan judicial elections in MD & TN, NH decides if it will ban courts from ordering school funding, court technology in NH & TN

February 25

Arkansas Joint Committee on Public Retirement & Social Security Programs

SB 201 Repeals automatic loss of retirement benefits for judges who seek office after reaching 70 years of age.

Hawaii House Finance Committee

HB 275 (Constitutional Amendment) Authorizes the chief justice to appoint judges who have retired upon attaining the age of seventy years as emeritus judges. Permits appointed judges to serve as temporary judges in courts no higher than the court level they reached prior to retirement and for terms not to exceed three months per each appointment.

Tennessee House

HJR 8 (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.

February 26

Arkansas House Judiciary Committee

HB 1263 Repeals automatic loss of retirement benefits for judges who seek office after reaching 70 years of age.

Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee

SB 294 Provides candidate for circuit court may not be nominated in party primary, may not be nominated by other party process, and must be elected at general election on a nonpartisan basis. (Currently the names of incumbent judges and challengers appear without party affiliation on both the Republican and Democratic primary ballots.)

SB 295 (Constitutional Amendment) Provides for merit selection with retention elections for Circuit Court judges.

SB 327 Provides candidate for orphans’ court may not be nominated in party primary, may not be nominated by other party process, and must be elected at general election on a nonpartisan basis. (Currently elected on partisan ballot).

New Hampshire House Education Committee

CACR 7 (Constitutional Amendment) Provides legislature alone shall have the authority and full discretion to define reasonable standards for elementary and secondary public education and to establish reasonable standards of accountability therefor. Provides legislature alone shall have full discretion to determine the amount of, and methods of raising and distributing, state funding for education.

Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee

SB 1050 Requires all courts in the state to utilize the same system provider for operating an electronic court filing system; provided, the administrative office of the courts shall make the determination of the provider

February 27

New Hampshire House

HB 652 Increases court filing fees and increases the percentage of such fees to be deposited in the judicial branch information technology fund.

February 28

March 1

Nevada Assembly Judiciary Committee

AB 84 Requires certain district courts to establish an appropriate program for the treatment of certain offenders who are veterans or members of the military.